Oregon House OKs bill allowing dogs in cougar hunts

SALEM, Ore. (AP) The Oregon House has approved a bill to let counties authorize the use of dogs to hunt cougars. Voters banned the practice statewide in 1994, with opponents saying it's inhumane.

The measure passed Tuesday 40-19. The Oregonian reports that the measure goes to the Senate, where three previous efforts to change the ban have died.

Some proponents call the bill a safety measure, especially in rural counties. Opponents say the measure is about hunting cougars for sport.

Using dogs to tree them is considered the most reliable way to bag cougars.

Individual counties could opt out of the ban if the commissioners put it on the ballot or if residents undertake an initiative.

Information from: The Oregonian

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