Comment Period Extended for Cougar Management Plan

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials today announced the comment period for Oregon's proposed cougar management plan will remain open through Nov. 20.

The announcement comes on the heels of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission's recent move to delay its decision on aspects of the state's wolf management plan, at the request of several interested public groups. Shifting the decision dates for wolf management issues spurred ODFW leaders to adjust the cougar management plan to allow maximum public comment and Commission consideration.

The proposed cougar management plan updates ODFW's 1993 cougar management plan. The full text is available on the ODFW Web site, Interested individuals also can obtain a copy of the draft plan by contacting any ODFW office. Public comment is welcome via email, or through written correspondence to ODFW Cougar Plan, 3406 Cherry Ave. NE, Salem, OR 97303.

Letters received by Nov. 20 will be provided to the Commission and incorporated in the final crafting of the plan. Correspondence received after Nov. 20 will be forwarded to the Commission.

Verbal testimony is welcome at the Commission's January and February meetings. With the new timeline, the Commission will receive an informational briefing on the proposed cougar management plan at its regular meeting in January, and could make a final decision on the plan in February 2006.