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.
POINTS WE NEED TO MAKE AT THE HEARING:
SAME BILL, DIFFERENT YEAR DIFFERENT NUMBER.......
A HISTORY OF OREGON'S COUGAR POLITICS.
HB 3395: http://landru.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measures/hb3300.dir/hb3395.intro.html
HB 2624: http://landru.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measures/hb2600.dir/hb2624.intro.html
AND THEY EVEN HAD MORE BILLS!
SB 428: http://landru.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measures/sb0400.dir/sb0428.intro.html
HB 2390: http://landru.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measures/hb2300.dir/hb2390.intro.html
2012: STOP HOUSE BILL 4119 FROM KILLING COUGAR WITH HOUNDS!
HB 4119 will NOT make it safer for children, Oregonians. livestock or pets according to ODFW stats.
2011: HB 2337........AND HB 3428 and HB 3326 ARE IRRESPONSIBLE PLANS THAT STEAL FROM THE VOTERS WILL AND HARM OUR ECOSYSTEMS. DON'T KILL COUGAR WITH THESE BILLS! Oregon Cougar Action Team extends a warm thank you to Senator Dingfelder and her staff for their courage, dignity, wisdom and strength to stand against the misbehavior of those (NRA, Oregon Hound Hunting Association, National Hound Hunting Association, International Safari Club, to mention just a few of the hunting organizations) who wanted HB 2337 to happen and honor the voters voice to protect Oregon's cougar from hound hunting. Thank you for killing HB 2337. Now we can start work on more productive Measures for Oregon's cougar!
HB 2337, 3428, and 3326 are fueled by the economics to kill cougar driven by cougar mania created by a few who would financially benefit killing these cats or from those who completely do not understand the cat. Sports hunting is the primary reason cougar are extinct or critical in 36 States.
2010: RE: Allowing the use of dogs to hunt cougars (SB5356 and HB1124)I am requesting that you vote NO on these respective bills.
And there were Bills to kill cougar with hounds in 2009, 2008, 2007, and 2006 when Jayne Miller spent 1800 hours mentoring with Mountain Lion Foundation before starting Oregon Cougar Action Team.