With winter snows blanketing most of the area, several local houndsmen are working with Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) to capture and radiocollar mountain lions in north central Idaho. As part of the ongoing Elk Recruitment Project, IDFG hopes to radiocollar approximately 20 mountain lions in Game Management Units 10, 12 and 15. These are the same areas in which biologists are investigating elk calf survival. The tagged animals will provide important information as the Department develops a technique to estimate mountain lion population size. Fieldwork is currently underway and will likely extend into March. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Pete Zager, IDFG Principle Research Biologist at 799-5010.