On Wednesday, September 26, 2012 California Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1221 into law. SB 1221 bans the cruel practice of using hounds to trophy hunt bears and bobcats.
"I applaud Governor Brown for signing this measure that will protect dogs, bears, bobcats and other wildlife," Senator Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, said. "There is nothing sporting in shooting an exhausted bear clinging to a tree limb or a cornered bobcat. Hound hunting of bears is illegal in two-thirds of the United States. California now joins the great majority of states that have abolished this inhumane and unnecessary practice."
The Mountain Lion Foundation supported Senate Bill 1221 (read MLF's letter to Governor Brown) and now thanks the Governor for upholding the values of Californians and proper wildlife management.
Also worth noting is that SB 1221 outlines policies for allowing research on bears and bobcats. Most of the language in this section of the law was copied from MLF's Assembly Bill 1784 which passed earlier this year (now Fish and Game Code 4810). Research on the species must now not only be humane and nonlethal, but also contribute to our knowledge and protection of healthy wildlife ecosystems. Reports and data from ongoing research will also be made available to the public.
Then consider joining the Mountain Lion Foundation to help us expand these projects — stopping hound hunting and promoting humane peer-reviewed research — to the rest of the country where the future of America's lion is in jeopardy due to relentlessly exploitation by sport hunters.