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