Washington: Hunters who have cougar-tracking dogs can get special permits

The News Tribune Published: October 2nd, 2008 12:30 AM
Washington hunters interested in taking part in public-safety cougar removals have until Oct. 17 to apply for special permits
The requests are being taken in accordance with rules adopted by the state Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2003 that allow the use of dogs to remove cougars in limited areas where cougars have been judged to be a threat to human safety, said a news release from the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Permit applicants must have a valid state big-game hunting license, with cougar as a species option and must own cougar-tracking dogs.
State wildlife biologists have determined that up to seven cougars should be removed from three areas in Western Washington, based on safety concerns raised by the public in 2007.
Permit applications must be submitted in writing by Oct. 17 to WDFW Enforcement Program, Attn: Sean Carrell, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA. 98501-1091. Application forms are available at wdfw.wa.gov/enf/cougar.htm.
Permit requests must include the applicant’s name, address, phone number and the region in which the applicant would like to participate.
The permits will be drawn at random and will be valid from Dec. 1 to March 15, the release said.
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