Washington Bill Would Make Hound Hunting Permanent
In 1996 Washington voters banned the use of dogs when hunting cougars; however a pilot program established in 2004 has allowed the use of hounds while cougar hunting in high mountain lion complaint counties. According to the Seattle Times, lawmakers would like to make hound hunting permanent.
But Democratic Rep. Brian Blake of Aberdeen wants to put regulatory authority back in the hands of officials at the Department of Fish and Wildlife and let them determine cougar hunting seasons with hounds. Opponents to Blake's bill say hunting cougars with dogs is still a cruel and inhumane practice.