We have so MANY bears and cougars and they are only getting bolder !! My family has hounds. I have seen so much cougar and bear sign around our house it's not even funny we have bears and cougars in the yard frequently they get between our house and our hounds and--of course--our hounds go absolutely crazy baying as best they could while tied up but the cougars and bears don't even care. We are constantly seeing them run across the road and just the other day I saw a huge cinnamon colored bear run down our neighbors drive way and into the road then turn around and run back up the driveway :0 !!
we lost it uh several yrs ago in uh 94?? maybe and when we had our hunting bear and cougars well the populations were perfect but now!! we're trippin over them!! Did you hear about the boy who disappeared while his family was looking for a Christmas tree?? they still haven't found the body I'll bet 100 bucks that he got ate.
[ This Message was edited by: Billii on 2003-05-13 11:16 ]
Sounds like the Bear and Cougar problem in Oregon is starting to get out of control. These animals, once pressured for food, will often look for the easiest meal. Assuming that you have hounds, Billii, I would keep them pinned and your trash locked, or you might find your yard covered with more than just tracks!!
Billii - Since hounds are outlawed in Oregon, are hunters still allowed to bait and trap, or just trap? If trapping is not a possibility and hounds are illegal- GOOD LUCK at getting a shot off!!
Never take life to seriously... You'll never get out alive!!
[ This Message was edited by: Quicksilver on 2003-05-13 12:29 ]
I certainly hope so!! I have been writing the gov. of OR and uh lotsa ppl I can't keep track of how many e-mails but our gov. is a piece of sh!* he said that he won't even read any bills about hunting with hounds or about abortion but he'll veto them!! WITHOUT even looking at them he's got his eyes closed and his fingers in his ears and he's running full tilt in circles!!
yeah I don't think we can bait bear anymore but we never really did that so I don't know. We can still hunt Bobcat and coon though. I'm not too sure on trapping either. I hava friend who was bear hunting with another friend and he was doing a wounded critter call or something and sitting in a deadfall in the middle of a clear cut and he was trying to yell and motion to the guy sitting in the deadfall but he didn't turn until the bear who was charging him was nearly on him and well he shot the bear and I guess he killed it. o.O But anyway the bear didn't care if he was a wounded animal or not he was gonna eat him!!
My mom went outside the otherday like uh 4 am and there was a cougar in our yard and the dogs (walker hounds) were going crazy treeing and stuff and mom accidently got locked out!! there was this cougar right there and it scared her so bad!! If she'd had a gun she'd have shot it but she finally woke up my sister to get back in the house. Now we hava shotgun by the door. So I wouldn't reccomend sneaking around our house man or beast.
I read an article on a guy from portland who was deer hunting & was being stalked by 2!! cougars at the same time!! he shot over their heads and one ran away but the other didn't and it pounced so he shot it dead. I'll try to find the link again.
BTW no documented attacks!! ahahhahaha so funny that just means that no one got hurt and lived to tell about it!! they just never found the body... I wonder why...
well I think it's more luck than anything they just buy a cougar tag along with their deer tags and if the see one the shoot it, I have heard of ppl who had a cougar tag and had just killed a deer and the cougar attacked (to take the deer? or get the person?) and they killed one that way. We don't hunt cougars anymore unless we get a complaint from a friend (which hasn't happened in a long long time) Dad said that "If I can't hunt cougars with my dogs I ain't gonna hunt them at all. Let them kill ppl maybe someone will figger it out." so all this is just what I've heard from other ppl. I have heard of a guy who was turkey calling and got attacked by a cougar!! so basically if ya wanna hunt without dogs YOU become the BAIT...*raahrr* eeekk!! ...oh *sigh* tis ok was just my kitty. j/k
I learned this the hard way last year. If you're hunting in an area with lots of bear activity, it's a great idea to stash your food and water up in a tree. I like to wrap everything in a tarp and tie it between two trees. Don't just tie it up in one tree but tie it in between two trees at least 15 feet in the air. I thought I had my backpacking camp's food supply stashed pretty well last year. I returned to camp during the first weekend of archery to find all my food destroyed. Make sure...