Humane Society lead efforts to stop overturning of Oregon cougar hunting laws

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and wildlife biologists, including Jane Goodall, have sent letters to Oregon state legislators and state officials in a bid to stop efforts to overturn laws that abolished the hound hunting of cougars.

In January, the Humane Society of the United States commissioned a poll that showed 65 percent of Oregon’s voters oppose the trophy hunting of cougars.

Kelly Peterson, Oregon senior state director for HSUS said:

"Cougars are essential for keeping our ecosystems in balance, including our deer and elk herds.
"Additional trophy hunts of cougars with hounds will not reduce cougar-human conflicts—it will increase conflicts with pets, livestock and people.
"What native carnivores like cougars require is humane coexistence."

The letters are addressed to Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-District 23, chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, and to Rep. Brad Witt, D-District 31, chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

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