Oregon Hound Hunting Bill Clears House
In 1994 Oregon voters banned the use of hounds when hunting cougars; however the steady rise of cougar problems in rural areas is spurring a drive to allow hound hunting once again. Oregon Live has a write up about House Bill 2337 and the move to overturn voter approval.
Supporters say more needs to be done to manage a growing cougar population that threatens livestock and leaves many rural -- and even suburban -- residents in fear. "It's time to get our wildlife professionals back in the business of keeping our wildlife populations at reasonable levels," said Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem. Rep. Sherrie Sprenger, R-Scio, who carried the bill on the House floor, said she expects several counties to expand cougar hunting if the measure becomes law.