Oregon's Big Cat Epidemic
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From the Paper:"The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has been monitoring Oregon's cougar population for the past fifty years and manages the species through the Oregon Cougar Management Plan (OCMP). One way OCMP has allowed cougars to be managed is through hunting and the sale of limited numbers of cougar tags, a slip of paper sold by ODFW to a person that gives them the right to hunt and kill one cougar for that year and must be presented back to ODFW when the person kills a cougar.
"It was not until 1967 when the Oregon Legislature reclassified the cougar as a "game mammal" which allowed for the protection of the species and gave ODFW management responsibilities. After permitting cougars to repopulate and grow, officials saw that it was necessary to control the population as it was beginning to get out of hand. In 1970 controlled hunting was opened. This entailed ODFW administering a small amount of cougar tags for specified "zones" to hunt cougars. In 1984 and 1993 the State of Oregon, along with ODFW, developed The OCMP in order to manage the species ("2010 Big Game Statistics: Cougar").
"In 1994 Oregonians voted and produced Measure 18 to the Oregon Legislature, who then passed it into law. The measure banned the use of dogs when hunting cougars, but gave exceptions to ODFW agents. This is seen as the only real way to hunt cougars as they are extremely stealthy, cunning, and can see a human coming before they see it. This measure has been fought again and again in recent years, but to no avail ("2010 Big Game Statistics: Cougar")."
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