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Ask Washington's Governor to Veto Lion Hounding


Update:


On April 30, 2019 Governor Inslee signed HB 1516 into law. Effective July 28, 2019 this law requires the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish a training program and select hound hunters to train their dogs by chasing cougars, bobcats, or bears.


Original Action Alert:


We Need Your Help Today

Please ask Governor Inslee to veto HB 1516. The bill passed the Washington State Legislature and would require the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to select hound hunters to train their dogs by chasing cougars, bobcats, or bears.

Let's not train a new generation of hound hunters!

Background

With the passage of Initiative 655 in 1996, with 63% approval, voters prohibited hunting bear, cougar, bobcat, and lynx with dogs. The Fish and Wildlife Commission was authorized to allow the use of dogs to hunt or pursue black bear, cougar, bobcat, or lynx only if there is a public safety need; to protect livestock, domestic animals, and private property; for scientific purposes; or to protect endangered species.

We believe that no such need has been established.

While HB 1516 has been passed by the Washington Legislature there is still hope - Governor Jay Inslee can veto HB 1516!

Please call or comment to Washington Governor Jay Inslee to VETO HB 1516, "Establishing a department of fish and wildlife directed nonlethal program for the purpose of training dogs." This bill would allow the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to select hound hunters to train their dogs by chasing cougars, bobcats, or bears.

    • In 1996 voters outlawed using hounds to hunt or chase those species by a 63% approval.
    • WDFW's 2008 Cougar Attitude Survey showed support for "Livestock and pet owners who live in cougar habitat should be held responsible for taking steps to secure their animals" (93%); and
    • "Individuals living near cougars should be held responsible for taking steps to minimize the chance of human/cougar conflict" (90%).

This bill allows WDFW to train a new generation of hound hunters which the citizens clearly do not want.

We need to take action immediately

Please ask Governor Inslee to VETO HB 1516 by contacting him at Governor Jay Inslee's official message page or by phone at (360) 902-4111.

Be sure to let Governor Inslee know that you would appreciate his veto of HB1516 and state why you feel that allowing hounding is not necessary, against the will of the voters, will open the door to hounding and can cause undue stress and death of wildlife.

Please be respectful and clear in all communications. Discourteous communications reflect poorly on advocates for wildlife and the conservation community.

What YOU can do!

    • Contact Governor Inslee at his official message page or call him (360) 902-4111 and urge him to veto HB1516.
    • Forward this message to your friends in Washington and ask them to contact Governor Inslee as well.
    • Help keep this issue in the public eye by submitting Letters to the Editor to your local paper(s)

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About the Mountain Lion Foundation

The Mountain Lion Foundation, founded in 1986, is a national nonprofit organization protecting mountain lions and their habitat.

We believe that mountain lions are in peril.

Our nation is on the verge of destroying this apex species upon which whole ecosystems depend. Hunting mountain lions is morally unjustified, and killing lions to prevent conflicts is ineffective and dangerous.

There is a critical need to know more about the biology, behavior, and ecology of mountain lions, and governments should base decisions upon truthful science, valid data, and the highest common good. Conserving critical lion habitat is essential.


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