Darn near every problem we have, our legislators are responsible for. They keep caving into the enviormental people. I think their adjenda is to give the earth back to the animals and drive man back into a cave! S.S.S.
I recently did a research paper for a forest biology class i attended at a local university. In Oregon, since the hound/bait ban on cougar hunting was enacted,
the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife estimates that the cougar population has tripled if not more. That is is only since 1994. What this represents is a fast and unhealthy rise in predator numbers at a time when the prey numbers are decreasing. ODFW's management number for cougars are 3,000 for the entire state of Oregon. That is the number they want it be at or close to. Instead, the population has far away surpassed this number and continues to rise. As of may 2006, ODFW estimated the number of cougars in Oregon to be around 8500 -9000 animals!
This is a MAJOR problem and a serious threat to maintaining healthy numbers of elk and deer. ANY hunter who loved to hunt in Oregon should buy a cougar tag AND USE IT!! Cougars will come to a variety of predator an fawn and cow calls.
FYI..... The info came from the wonderful biologists at the ODFW office here in Springfield OR.
Makwa - you mentioned you were a cougar guide? I'm coming back to hunting after 20yrs and want to try predator in North Coast Oregon. Could you give me a couple pointers as to the best/better ways to hunt cats? e.g.; spot/stalk?, blind?, stand?, etc. Also any particular precautions I should take other than watching my a$$ obviously.
Totally selfish, but I like the idea of having a better chance to call one... and actually kill it! (I called two last year, but put nothing on the ground.)
But if they start getting too numerous, and end up taking a child or etc. then I think the dogs need to be allowed back into the woods. The old timers I've talked to don't remember the lions down in the valley like we have now. It's possible that the old and the young cats are getting too brazen. I think we need to watch that carefully. (Already 3 cougar/human conflicts this season within 20 miles of me.)
Over the years I have seen several elk and deer hides left in the woods by hunters and I have to wonder why they do this? I fully understand and agree about getting the hide off the animal as soon as possible to cool the meat, but why not pack out the hide with you and use it? As far as I know there are no state laws that require you to take the hide home, but to me why waste such a beautiful part of the animal? Some might think they have no use for the hide or it costs too much to tan....