Bates Urged to Halt Cougar Management Plan
Yesterday, over 30 Southern Oregon business owners sent a letter to Oregon Senator Alan Bates asking him to halt the state’s current cougar management plan.
The plan was launched by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2006. It was criticized last month by Washington State University cougar biologist Dr. Robert Wielgus during a hearing of the legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee, which is chaired by Bates.
House District 5 Representative Peter Buckley has called on his fellow lawmakers to suspend the cougar management plan until the WSU research and other studies are reviewed.
The letter sent to Bates was signed by businesses from Ashland, Jacksonville, Talent, Medford, Wolf Creek, Phoenix and Cave Junction.
Posted on 10/9/08 by Scott Jorgensen
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