2017 COULD BE THE END OF AN ECOLOGICALLY FUNCTIONAL COUGAR POPULATION IN OREGON.
Oregon basis their cougar population model counts on a predator to prey base, rather than the land ratios biological needs of the lion. Due primarily from anthropocentric capitalistic land-use laws, Oregon landscapes have become a fractured, uneven and often damaged ecosystem with a growing desertification problem. It is not biologically possible for Oregon to have 6000 cougar. Not even 5000. Oregon's diversified spatial and temporal landscapes are showing signs that indicate the lack of the apex predator's ecology of fear. The concepts of which, are also missing from our Legislative policy making and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's apex management plans, the cougar, the wolf and the bear.
OREGON STATE COUGAR HOUND HUNTING BILLS: SB 458 AND HB 2589.
WE CANNOT ALLOW MEASURE 18 PROTECTING COUGAR FROM HOUND HUNTING TO BE OVERTURNED.
Welcome to OreCat.org. We are Oregonians dedicated to the preservation of Oregon’s cougar and the ecosystem the they sustain. We are a 501c-3 Not-For-Profit educational foundation working to help people make better decisions about our cougars, promote open spaces for them, and create better wilderness management plans. OreCat offers educational presentations and tools for free to Oregonians, schools, communities and Churches to help citizens, livestock and agriculture enterprises live fear free with wolves and cougars as our Native Nations have done for thousands of years.
Dr. Laurie Marker
Founder and director of Cheetah Conservation Fund located in Namibia (South West Africa)
Words do not describe the courage of Dr. Marker when she sold all she had and went to Namibia to save Africa’s Cheetah. In her campaign to save the Cheetah, she has saved communities, teaching children and adults how to read, providing guard dogs for farmers and bridging the gap between Nations, beliefs, poverty, race and so much more. In saving the Cheetah, Dr. Marker is helping save a Nation. We could not be more blessed to have her as a board member. Smithsonian March 2008, “Cheetahs, A Plan for Their Survival.”
We are just now beginning to learn from science and studies concerning cougars and cheetah, that their DNA are closely linked! An astonishing discovery!
Director of The Institute of Biowisdom located at
Harry MacCormack, author, world speaker, retired from OSU, founding pioneer in Organic farming and was co-founder of Oregon Tilth and served as their 1st Executive director. In fact, Oregon Tilth’s first offices were on his farm. Harry’s compassion for people and the environment are some of the deepest I have ever witnessed.
His endless energy helped Oregon Cougar Action Team promote “Come Fire and the Flood Moon” a play-dance based on an ancient centuries old Kalapulian Cougar story dance that has only been performed about twice in 100 years. With Harry’s guidance and staff support from Chemawa Native Indian school, Harry orchestrated a fantastic program focusing on Native children returning to their Elders and roots to learn the language of the Kalapuyan and their 1000's of years old Cougar dance. Harry secured masks made by the Portland Performing Arts and were on loan to us from the Benton County Museum, and spent endless hours with students rehearsing and learning the dance. It was a fantastic program that gave students a focus other than gangs and sent a positive message to Oregonians about saving Oregon's cougar. The students and Harry danced at the Capital and the public, Governor and State Legislature were invited. They danced for the City of Silverton and did a spectacular dance for the school districts of Linn Benton Counties at the Benton County Museum. Harry designs the kind of programs that Oregon Cougar Action Team wants to sponsor.
Founding Director and Lobbyist
Jayne grew up an Oregon cattle rancher's daughter on her family's 7000 acre cattle and wheat ranch. Now Vegan, she still farms today. Her father taught her Aldo Leapold's principles of caring for the land and to value the role of the apex predator; a practice she implements on her current land stewardship programs today.
Jayne Miller is an accomplished published author, artist and grant writer. Her life reflects her deep love of the land, the wilderness and all God's creatures. She is a seeker of truth and embraces sound science and good statistical data.
On her journey of truth, Jayne has worn many hats in her life and has learned from all her roles. She paid her way through a 4 year degree by serving in the Military. Upon graduating with top honors, she worked for Boise Cascade Timber Industry managing a 10 million dollar store stock inventory on mill site and soon realized she was a tree hugger. After the timber downsizing happened due to bad management and flawed policy making, Jayne was hired as an International Procurement Officer for an Oil Cartel family out of Saudi Arabia.
Years later she came home to find Oregon was not following Tom McCall’s hopes of conservation to the level he had wished for. She started Oregon Cougar Action Team (OreCat) as a means to try and mend the damage to Oregon’s ecosystems. As Jayne sees it, saving Oregon’s apex predator the cougar and now our wolves, equates to saving many more species dependent on the ecosystems Oregon’s cougar and wolves sustain.
When not giving presentations or working as a lobbyist, Jayne is busy growing herbs, nuts, and greens on her permaculture farm. Jayne is Vegan...her cows trim the trees and cut the grass and her chickens do the tractor work.
Jayne's art has sold around the world. She works in porcelain, oil, watercolor, and oil chaulk. Her works have been featured in Bliss Victoria, Sew News Magazine, Small Farmer's Journal, The Oregon Book, and Marion Soil and Water Conservation's Rural Hand Book of which she helped write. Jayne was a 4 year elected official of Marion Soil and Water Conservation District, and represented District 4. She was MSWC first Organic farmer and she suceeded introducing growing native berries as food source, water conservation programs, rain harvest, and pesticide water quality control grants that totaled almost one million in grants gifted to recipiants.
Currently, Jayne is working on her Masters in Applied Ethics and aninal welfare at Oregon State University.
Saving Cougar is saving Oregon.
RECEIVE THIS MUG FOR FREE WITH A $50.00 DONATION! ON THE FRONT OF THE MUG IS PICTURED A MOTHER COUGAR AND HER KITTEN AND STATED ON THE BACK IS "HOW MANY COUGAR DO WE HAVE? HOW MANY DO WE NEED? BEATS ME! LETS FIND OUT FIRST BEFORE WE KILL ANY MORE!"