Partly in response to these liberal rules, in the early 1990s the Sierra Club attempted to have Texas mountain lions declared a protected species or at least a game species with specific hunting regulations. The attempt backfired because it resulted in studies by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) that showed mountain lions are doing just fine in the Lone Star State. In fact, there's a good chance there are more lions in Texas now than ever before. To get a better handle on the population, the TPWD has set up a hotline to report mountain lion sightings.
Mountain lions are currently known to be most abundant in the deep brush of South Texas where expanding deer herds, feral hogs and javelinas create a ready food source for the predators. However, the dense South Texas brush is difficult to hunt with dogs because you can't follow the chase. That's a crucial limitation, because the only productive method of hunting mountain lions in Texas is to trail them with dogs. Fortunately, the high desert mountains of West Texas have much better hunting conditions, although there are fewer lions there. Both the outfitters listed below have access to huge ranches in West Texas and receive calls from ranchers whenever they see lion sign. Because of their connections, success rates are high.
The first is Rocky McBride, a second generation Texas mountain lion hunter. McBride offers a five-day hunt for $2,000 plus a $1,500 trophy fee if you kill a cat. His success rate is about 80 percent,........(continued)