this is really good. you go Don!!!! MSC opposes shortening lion season I’ll tell you why the MSC opposes shortening the season. The reason this action was done is part of what I call “creeping incrementalism” in which sportsmen continue to let the antis dictate the management on issues such as mountain lions. By giving up what some lion hunters said was “nothing” they felt they had blunted another attempt by the antis to make lion hunting illegal in Arizona. I found that interesting especially after sportsmen had offered up the “sacrificial lamb” shortened season, that Stephanie-Young-Nichols, a member of several lion advocacy groups, got up and after thanking sportsmen, department and Commission for being so proactive on lion management, asked for four items dealing with lion management. Those four were: 1) Set some sort of quota on female lion harvest. 2) Revisit the multiple bag limit strategy the department has in place. 3) Explore across the board closures of lion hunting 4) Shorten the lion hunting seasons even more. I thought it strange how after just getting the season shortened, that Ms. Young asked for even more restrictions on lion hunting in Arizona. Guess that idea of tossing Ms. Nichols a bone didn’t work in slowing her efforts to close the hunting of lions in this state. From a biological standpoint, there is no reason not to allow lion hunting in Arizona. Ordway said, “There is a healthy population of lions in this state,” and noted that in 2006 hunters bagged only 260 lions total, including 219 that were taken through sport harvest. This issue is one that no doubt will end up on a ballot someday to be voted on by all Arizonans Then we’ll see if Arizona becomes like our neighbor to the west, the Socialist Republic of Kalifornia, where there are no seasons on lions and the big cats roam the streets and kill wildlife, pets and even people, at will.