Thursday, South Dakota's Senators voted 18-14 to kill House Bill 1068, even though it had already been approved by the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the House of Representative. House Bill 1068 was a legislative measure to allow the use of hounds in mountain lion hunts outside of the Black Hills.
Even though the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission already allows a limited use of hounds while hunting mountain lions in Custer State Park, proponents of HB 1068 wanted this practice codified and presented all the old, worn out excuses that have been bandied about over the years by hound-hunters to . . .
Early Wednesday morning, awakened by a noise outside his window, a resident in a new subdivision located in the hills above the Southern California community of Fontana, discovered a mountain lion standing over the carcass of his dead 100-pound German Shepherd dog. When local police responded to his call for help they were confronted with an animal that repeatedly returned to the scene until shots were fired at it.
The Fontana Police Department assumed these natural feline actions to . . .
In 2012, Governor Brown signed SB 1221 into law which banned the use of hounds when hunting bears or bobcats in California. No longer can hunters release packs of unsupervised dogs into wilderness areas to chase bears or bobcats — often for hours and over miles of terrain — so a hunter could arrive at his leisure, take aim and shoot the exhausted animal out of a tree. A handful of frustrated hunters want to use their dogs again and have introduced Assembly Bill 2205 to undercut the recent ban.
In 2012, the Nebraska legislature passed Legislative Bill 928 allowing a mountain lion hunting season. Senator Leroy Louden of Ellsworth introduced the bill in response to increased sightings of the cats. Outraged by the supposed need to lethally control the state's estimated 22 mountain lions, Senator Ernie Chambers introduced LB 671 to repeal Senator Louden's 2012 legislation.
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