Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 27, 2021
Sports Wrap – July 27, 2021

Russia wins gold

Simone Biles came to Tokyo as the star of the U.S. Olympic movement and perhaps the Games themselves. It all came to a stunning halt in the women’s gymnastics final on Tuesday night with an uncertain vault, according to the Associated Press.

In a flash, the rest of the American star’s Games came into question. And the United States’ long run at the top of the sport came to an end.

The team representing the Russia Olympic Committee surged past the shorthanded U.S. to the top of the podium, posting a score of 169.258 to win the country’s first Olympic team gold in nearly 30 years.

USA leads at Olympics

The United States leads the overall medal count at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. USA leads with 24 total medals followed by China 20, Japan 18, Great Britain 13.

Japan has won 10 gold medals, China 8, and Russia Olympic Committee 7.

Proposed cougar hunting changes

The DWR is proposing a few clarifications to current cougar hunting rules in order to simplify the current regulations. All 53 of the cougar hunting units will either have a “harvest objective” recommended — meaning a limited number of cougars can be harvested in that hunting unit — or the unit will be under a predator management plan with an unlimited harvest. For the

20 units with harvest objectives, the DWR is recommending limited-entry seasons on designated units, with a drawing for the limited number of cougar permits. The number of permits available through the drawing will be equal to the harvest objective for that unit. 

“Our goal is to maintain a healthy cougar population within the current distribution of the species across Utah, while also considering human and livestock safety, and declines in populations of big game species that cougars prey on,” DWR Game Mammals Coordinator Darren DeBloois said. “As part of this, we factor in a proportion of older animals, breeding females and healthy cougars in the population.”

As with each wildlife species in Utah, cougars are managed according to guidelines established in a management plan, which includes regulated hunting. DWR biologists make determinations and gather input from hunters, individuals who don’t hunt, and livestock producers who sometimes have sheep killed by cougars. The plan is then finalized and approved by the Utah Wildlife Board. The current management plan was established in 2015 and expires in 2025. 

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