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Does the game put in place any limits on hunting? Is it possible to out-hunt a region, either temporarily or permanently? Or do animals just keep spawning?

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Not to my knowledge I've farmed a area with cougar spawns and they just kept respawning – Cresh Dec 30 '12 at 23:13
Where do cougars spawn? I haven't seen any except in the homestead quest for Myriam. – Meraj99 Dec 31 '12 at 9:02
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While it's not possible to hunt an animal to total extinction, it's possible to out hunt them temporary, a good example for this is the place with the 2 bears just below the entrance to the frontier from the homestead. There are only 2 bears that spawn there, (1 in the winter). And if you go there and hunt them both, there won't be any bears there until they re spawn, which means that you have to leave the area and wait, or fast travel to the entrance and go to them from there.

It doesn't happen with beavers, elk, deer, raccoons, hare, bobcats, foxes and wolfs, only to the animals with few specific spawning places, which are bears and cougars. They will disappear from their spawning place if you hunt them faster than they re spawn, but will return once you fast travel or go and wait for some time.

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Nope, there is no limit on hunting. It is NOT possible to out-hunt a region.

Once you kill a few animals, more keep spawning.

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I was harvesting beavers in a place near a fort. They respawned quickly and often. I skinned 324 of them and they kept respawning so I kept killing and skinning them. I would not get anymore credit for them after 324 animals. I don't know why. Maybe there is some kind of limit?

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If that is true, then maybe you hit an inventory limit first? We have so much mostly useless crap there, it seems plausible that your total inventory has a fixed limit, not that you can't skin animals at some arbitrary number. – Jeff Mercado Feb 26 '13 at 5:38

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