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Oregon's Governor Extends Goverment's Cougar Killing Spree

Oregon's Governor signed House Bill 2390 extending the sunset clause to the year 2019 on a law that bypasses Measure 18 wildlife protections and deputizes hound hunters to kill what the government considers excess cougars.

The existing law, found in Fish and Game Code 498.164 section 3(a), allows the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to appoint a person as an agent to use dogs to pursue cougars and bears to deal with public safety issues, reduce livestock losses and to manage declining deer and elk herds supposedly affected by cougar predation. This onerous law was due to sunset on January 2014.

At this time non-hunting cougar mortalities in Oregon exceed actual hunting mortalities and are primarily a result of this bad law.



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