REDDING, Calif. — Refusing to make what one member said would have been a "hasty decision," the California Fish and Game Commission on Friday delayed until April any move toward establishing a hunting season on mountain lions.
The commission listened to dozens of speakers for nearly three hours before putting off action on the highly controversial and emotional issue. It had been expected to make a tentative decision Friday on whether to end a 15-year ban on sport hunting of the big cats.
"This way we'll keep all our options open," said Commissioner Robert Bryant of Yuba City. "We'll look over all this testimony and then come back and make our final decision."
The commission meeting, in the Redding City Council chambers, attracted an overflow crowd of about 150 that spilled out onto the sidewalk and street, tying up traffic and confounding local police.