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Rep. Sprenger: Cougars near schools renews call for action

March 30, 2015

sprengercougarRep. Sprenger:Cougars sightings near city schools renews call for action.
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation

State Representative Sherrie Sprenger has introduced a bill to help keep Oregon safe from the rising threat of cougar attacks. Sprenger has introduced HB 3000 which directs the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife to create pilot program allowing hunters to use hounds in the pursuit of cougars.

State officials estimate that Oregon abounds with about 6,000 cats within the state. This number is double than what management objectives have called for.

Cougar increases are not just a rural Oregon danger, but recent cougar sightings in the Portland Metro area has suburban families in alarm.

Last year Hillsboro Police responded to a cougar sighting in a local park, two cougars were spotted roaming the streets in Oregon City and a cougar was captured and euthanized in a NE Portland neighborhood.

More threatening was a cougar sighting in near schools where a Happy Valley Elementary School was under alert as well as a Beaverton elementary school. The bear population has risen also, as the black bear population has risen by 40 percent since the statewide restrictions.

State Representative Sherrie Sprenger stated, “I have been working to pass legislation on this issue for several years now. Each year my concern for public safety grows and I hope this is the year that we can do something that works for Oregonians, in all areas of the state.”

  
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Bob Meyers March 30, 2015

Do you believe democracy should be tossed anytime you want to go hunting with dogs? The people of Oregon have chosen to prohibit use of dogs hunting cougar because it is not a hunt, it is slaughter.

You are the same people who will be chattering on about the importance of the Constitution and the founding fathers, ad nauseum. What hypocrites you are. State Representative Sherrie Sprenger should resign as she does not understand the word “democracy”.

It is hilarious you show author of this blurb to be a taxpayer nonprofit. You feel a need to hide who wrote it?

T.W. Scott April 1, 2015

Mr. Meyers:
Apparently you do not live in cougar country. Are you in favor of importing wolves and grizzlies?
When dangerous animals start appearing in the suburbs – looking for lunch – it is time to rethink the priorities!

T.W, Scott

Kaye Killgore April 3, 2015

1. The ODFW has used the same number of cougars in the state for years, and apparently have not actually counted them.

2. More cougars are being killed without the use of dogs than were killed before we overwhelmingly voted to ban hunting with dogs and bait.

3. Using dogs to hunt cougars sometimes results in serious injury or death for the dogs.

4. There have been no fatal cougar attacks in Oregon (except the one at the wildlife refuge).

5. Sightings always increase when this bill comes up.

6. Hunting with dogs is more killing than hunting. When the dog finds the cougar, the hunter puts his beer down and walks over to kill the cougar. That’s not sport.

This is a bad bill, more cougars are being killed than ever. The ODFW needs to do an actual count. Some “cougar” sightings in metro/urban areas have turned out to be other animals including large house cats.

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