OHA Calls On Members To Testify On Cougar Bills

(OREGON HUNTERS ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE)

ATTENTION OHA MEMBERS!

We need you at this hearing to testify on these bills. We need the Committee to hear our side of the cougar story. Please be there this Monday, March 7, 2011 at 3 p.m.

A Hearing On Hunting Cougars with Dogs Bills House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee Hearing Room C State Capitol, Salem, Oregon The following bills will be heard at this hearing:

• HB 2337 – This bill requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to recommend rules to State Fish and Wildlife Commission regarding creation of pilot program that allows persons to use dogs to hunt or pursue cougars. Allows commission to adopt rules to create and implement pilot program. Allows county governing body to request inclusion in pilot program.

• HB 3326 – This bill allows the use of dogs to hunt cougars during the final three months of general cougar hunting season if the state Fish and Wildlife Commission determines that harvest quota for particular hunt zone might not be met.

• HB 3428 – This bill directs the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to create pilot program that allows persons hunting or pursuing cougars to use dogs. The department is to designate game management areas of the following counties as areas in which the use of dogs in the hunting and in the non-lethal pursuit of cougars is allowed: Umatilla, Wallowa, Union, Baker, Grant, Douglas, Coos, Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Linn and Marion. Any county not specified can on or after June 30, 2014, adopt a resolution requesting inclusion in the pilot program.

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