Oregon Bills Could Open Door for Cougar Hunting with Hounds

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Several Oregon legislators have proposed legislation that would give Oregon counties the ability to permit cougar hunting with hounds. House Bill 2107, authored by the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, House Bill 2589, sponsored by Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R-Scio), and Senate Bill 371, sponsored by Bill Hansell (R-Athena), all would allow for counties to obtain an exemption from the statewide prohibition on cougar hunting with dogs that was enacted in 1994.

In 1994, anti-hunting groups, backed by the Humane Society of the United States, bankrolled Measure 18, a ballot issue that prohibited the use of dogs to hunt black bears and cougars. The initiative was narrowly approved by Oregon voters 52-48 percent. Since then, the state has struggled to contain the population of cougar and bears, an area of concern for livestock ranchers, wildlife professionals and public safety.

The proposed bills would allow a county to obtain an exemption from the prohibition, provided local voters approved.

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