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Archive for Thursday, January 6, 2011

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Commission meeting in Lawrence

January 6, 2011

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Mountain lions in Kansas

Matt Peek, a wildlife biologist with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, recounts the several mountain lion sightings in Kansas during the last year. One was sighted in early spring in western Kansas, another in October in Republic County, and most recently one was spotted in Nemaha County. Enlarge video

On Thursday, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Commission will meet in Lawrence to discuss everything from big-game regulations to mountain lion sightings.

The commission will meet from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and then reconvenes at 7 p.m., all at the Dole Institute, 2350 Petefish Drive. Public comment on items not on the agenda will be taken shortly after the start of the afternoon and evening sessions.

Kicking off the meeting will be an overview of the commission’s legislative agenda. The group also will discuss big-game permits, trapping at Kanopolis, mountain lion sightings and firearm magazine capacity. In the afternoon, a workshop session will be held to prepare the commission for future regulations on turkey, antelope and elk season.

In the evening, the commission will cover deer regulations, big-game permit regulations, potential regulations for aquatic nuisance species and wildlife control permits. The meeting will end with a public hearing on the days when park entrance and fishing is free.

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