May 26, 2011
Oregon Mountain Lion Hunting Bill Fails, Cat Sightings On Rise Throughout West
By Chad Love
A bill that would have reinstated mountain lion hunting in Oregon has failed.
From this story in the Ashland Daily Tidings:
A bill seeking to reintroduce some sport-hunting of cougars with hounds has died a quiet death in the Oregon Senate after getting an easy nod in the House, ending the latest effort to return a practice banned by voters 17 years ago. The deadline for scheduling hearings came and went Monday without House Bill 2337 receiving a scheduled debate in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee, effectively killing a bill without discussing it. "Ding-dong, the witch is dead," said Sally Mackler, carnivore representative in Oregon for the Eugene-based group Predator Defense, which lobbied against the bill.
Meanwhile, mountain lion sightings are increasing all over the west, with one being found in a southern California garage. From this story on vvdailypress.com:
Michelle Taylor shudders when she realizes she may have been sharing her garage with a mountain lion for the past three days. “I think it was in there since Sunday night,” the Hesperia mother of five said, with neighbors reporting they had seen a mountain lion roaming the area since Friday. California Fish and Game, Hesperia Animal Control and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Hesperia station officials worked together to get the young cougar out of the Taylors’ garage and back into its habitat Tuesday morning.
Michelle Taylor called 911 at about 8 a.m. after her husband, Jesse Taylor, rooted around the garage in search of what he thought was a raccoon or other small critter. Instead, less than 3 feet from him, he spotted a large paw and the face of the mountain lion.
Authorities responded to the home on Mulberry Street near Banyan Avenue and learned the family had secured the frightened animal in the garage.
Officials worked for nearly two hours trying to coax the animal from the Taylor family’s garage, but ultimately had to tranquilize the mountain lion.
The lion was a young male, Fish and Game biologist Kevin Brennan said. At that age, Brennan said many mountain lions begin to roam around on their own.
The mountain lion was examined and then taken to the San Bernardino National Forest where it was released.