The Oregon House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources has scheduled hearings on two bills that would allow better management of cougar and bear populations for this coming Tuesday April 2, 2013 at 8:00am in Hearing Room D (click here to view agenda). We need you to be there in support of these bills and to testify!
HB 2624 is one of the Oregon Outdoor Council’s top priority bills that was introduced on our behalf by Rep. Brian Clem. This bill would allow county voters to have a public vote and decide locally if they want dogs and or bait used withing the county to help manage cougar and bear populations. This bill does NOT change the law banning dogs/bait, but does allow voters the chance to opt out of the ban if the majority of them in the county support these critical management tools. We encourage you to immediately email the Committee Members and politely ask for their support on this important bill. For years the anti-hunters have said they support the “will of the people” and their ability to vote, but we expect them to show up in force and oppose our bill. That’s why we need you there!
HB 3395 Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to recommend rules to State Fish and Wildlife Commission regarding creation of pilot program that allows persons to use dogs to hunt or pursue cougars. This bill passed the House of Representatives last year, but was killed in the Senate. We need to support this bill as well!
To email the committee members please copy our talking points below into your email and then use the list of members and their email addresses at the bottom of this post. Please remember to be respectful and feel free to add your own words to your email. Make sure to identify yourself as a member of the Oregon Outdoor Council and any other organizations you belong to!!
I am kindly asking for your support of HB 2624 & 3395 which are up in House Ag & Natural Resources on Tuesday April 2, 2013.
Please share this with everyone you know and email each legislator asking for their support. Please also attend the hearing and show your support for these critical bills.
Below is a list of each member of the House Ag & Natural Resources Committee and their email addresses:
Rep. Brad Witt, Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Sal Esquivel, Vice Chair – email@example.com
Rep. Caddy McKeown, Vice Chair – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Brian Clem – email@example.com
Rep. Wayne Krieger – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jeff Reardon – email@example.com
Rep. Jim Thompson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Ben Unger – email@example.com
Rep. Gail Whitsett – firstname.lastname@example.org