Cougar hunting in Zone A (Coast/North Cascades) could close early this year as it did in 2011.
At this time, 117 cougars have been taken. ODFW expects additional cougars could be taken, and the zone closed, within the next few days. The quota for the zone is 120. Once that many cougars are killed, hunting in the zone closes until the season reopens on Jan. 1, 2014. Cougars may still be killed in the zone if they are threatening livestock, pets or human safety.
Hunters need to check the ODFW hunting website for the most current information and an announcement informing hunters when the zone has closed.
ODFW closely tracks the take of cougars. Hunters and any landowner that kills a cougar due to damage or public safety issues must check in the cougar’s skull and hide (with proof of sex) at an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest. During the check-in, ODFW collects data to estimate the cougar’s age.
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