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Committee To Abolish Sport Hunting
PO BOX 13815, LAS CRUCES, NM 88013-3815
~~ ACTION ALERT ~~
Ask State Representative Sherrie Sprenger to oppose increased killing of Oregonís cougars.
Oregon Cougar Action Team
Oregon State Representative Sherrie Sprenger recently held a town hall
meeting at the Lebanon Public Library to address concerns over cougar
sightings. The "panel of experts" assembled by Rep. Sprenger
represented the state's hunting interests (Curt Melcher, deputy director of
the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Lt. Ethan Wilson, Oregon State
Police wildlife division; and David Williams, USDA Animal and Plant Health
Because Representative Sprenger is welcoming comments and suggestions
regarding the state's cougars, your help is needed.
The Honorable Sherrie Sprenger, State Representative
900 Court St. NE, H-473
Salem, OR 97301
Please urge Representative Sprenger to oppose all initiatives that will
increase the amount of cougar killing in the state. Remind her that:
- Cougars are not a threat to people and that hunters injure and kill
more people in the state every year that cougars ever have.
- Hunting cougars with hounds is a cruel and inhumane practice for both the
cougars and the dogs. Hunting dogs are often injured by wildlife
trying to defend themselves, fall victim to steel traps, and are abandoned
when their hunting skills diminish. Veterinarians and local animal
shelters often see an influx of injured, lost and abandoned hunting dogs
when hunting season is underway.
- The state should stop throwing away about $100,000 per year to hire
hunters to kill about 100 cougars.
- The move to increase the amount of cougar killing is being supported by
the state's trophy hunters, since the animals are not posing a threat to
- There are already too many cougars being killed in Oregon - no more
killing is needed.
- Oregon residents should educate themselves about cougars and other wild
animals, rather than live in fear of them.
- There is no humane or sustainable plan for the cougar and none for the
orphaned cubs - the only plans in place benefit those who want to kill the
For more information contact the Oregon Cougar Action Team
Oregon Cougar Action Team
PO Box 1183
Jefferson, OR 97352
The Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting is a wildlife advocacy
organization dedicated to abolishing the practice of sport hunting through
public education and community involvement. We seek to protect wildlife, the
environment, and the general public from the recklessness of state and
federal fish and wildlife agencies.
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