Cougar hunters to be required to take class

Metro/Regional Briefs
The Denver Post

The Colorado Wildlife Commission on Thursday decided to require mountain lion hunters to take a hunter-education class.

The requirement probably will become effective sometime in 2007, said Randy Hampton, a Division of Wildlife spokesman.

The class probably will focus on issues such as how to distinguish male and female lions and will cover trespassing rules.

Several conservation groups had requested that the class be required in order to reduce the number of female lions killed each year. They argue that too many females are killed, orphaning kittens.

“I think the commission deserves some credit for taking this step,” said Wendy Keefover- Ring, director of the carnivore protection program for Sinapu, a Boulder-based wildlife advocacy group. “We think it could go a long way in preventing kittens from being orphaned.”

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