Colorado Parks and Wildlife affirms use of electronic calls in mountain lion hunts

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission last week stuck by a decision made last fall to allow the use of electronic calls to hunt mountain lions in some areas, amid continuing debate over the ethics of the practice.

The commission approved regulations allowing the practice in accordance with the Western Slope mountain lion management plan it approved in September. The electronic calls will be allowed in a new Glenwood Springs region special management area including most of the Roaring Fork Valley and parts of the Eagle Valley south of Interstate 70, and in parts of southwest Colorado near the Utah border.

The action came after commission member Jay Tutchton reiterated his opposition to the use of electronic calls and sought unsuccessfully to at least bar them from use in the applicable southwest Colorado game management units.

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