Cougars Remain Free From Houndsmen in Oregon

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Oregon Senate Environment and Natural resources Committee had some cougar management plans on the book. A pilot program that would allow hunting cougars with the aid of dogs was part of that, but Monday, May 23rd was the deadline to schedule a hearing for the bill to advance, and nothing was done.

The House had passed Bill 2337 on April 20th, with a 45-14 vote. In 1994, Oregon voters banned the hunting of cougars with dogs, and upheld it in 1996. Bill 2337 would've given the Department of Fish and Wildlife the ability to allow hunters to use dogs in counties that chose to participate in the program, from DemocratHerald.com.

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ndemiter's picture

oregon has a booming mountain

oregon has a booming mountain lion population! and i keep wondering what will happen to the laws there as i sporriadically hunt there myself. I will go back for spring 2012 bear season in SW area.

My last hunt there I encountered a cougar with no fear of man. infact, it was really trying actively to eat me. so it's sad to see that the bill has failed, because the successful managment of the species cannot rely on chance encounters or predator calling techniques to bring in these creature to harvest them.

there are gruesome people who use hounds to hunt, and i know guys that can tear up a steel ball with a rubber hammer. anything in the hands of somebody ignorant is dangerous. maybe hunters should spearhead a new movement? compulsory aptitude tests for individual activities. if you don't pass, you don't play. and we'll have them for everything, like driving, riding a bike, owning a horse, working, and whatever else we can dream up. (the UK has something similar for all of this stuff... even FISHING)

i would like to see more involvment from hunting organizations in oregon on this movement. it's not really that hunters aren't trying to become involved, but there is not localized means of uniting for a common goal. there is the Oregon Sportsmen's Club, but it focuses primarily on education. which i support, to adequately face this dillema, we must acnowledge that our generation will not come to terms with eachother to solve it, and it will be left to our children. for us hunters to win... we need to teach.

hunter25's picture

It is no surprise that this

It is no surprise that this measure didn't go very far as the public in general does not agree with the use of dogs. Even most hunters will vote against something like this. I found that hard to believe before but after I killed a mountain lion with dogs back in 97 I got a lot of negative feedback from many of the hunters I told my story to. Once the use of dogs has been taken away it is very unlikely you will ever get it back. Many states have similar restrictions now that have been in effect for many years and even though the populations have skyrocketed in some areas they refuse to aloow it again. Here in Colorado we lost spring baiting for bear and even though these animals have become a huge problem in some areas they will not even consider changing the laes back.