September 27, 2012
CA Governor Signs Bill Banning Use of Dogs for Hunting Bears, Bobcats
By Chad Love
In a move that most people expected, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will outlaw the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats.
From this story in the Los Angeles Times:
Hunters in California will no longer be allowed to use dogs to hunt bears and bobcats under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown in response to complaints the practice is cruel and unsporting. Brown approved the ban, which takes effect Jan. 1, after heavy lobbying by groups including the Humane Society of the United States and a coalition of celebrities including Doris Day, Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Maher. The bill was introduced by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), who noted that hunting bears with hounds has previously been outlawed in 14 states, including Arkansas, Colorado, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon and Wyoming. ``There is nothing sporting in shooting an exhausted bear clinging to a tree limb or a cornered bobcat,'' Lieu said Wednesday.
Thoughts? Any California readers that will be affected by this new ban?