A horrible bill has been introduced in the Washington State Legislature that will allow for the expanded hound hunting of cougars.
Extremists in the trophy hunting community want to repeal the long-standing protections of these beautiful, native cats. Washington voters have already spoken up for the cougars but hunters want to repeal the law that has been in place since 1996.
HB 5940 would subject cougars to being chased down by packs of hounds and shot at point-blank range once they seek safety in a tree.
The bill proposes that counties can authorize a hound hunt if citizens complain about cougar sightings. The existing law already allows for citizens to protect themselves–besides, the mere sight of a cougar is not a threat. This program was in place from 2004 until 2011, and resulted in widespread, guided recreational hound hunts offered by hunting clubs throughout eastern Washington.
Please call your state senator today to stop this dangerous proposal. Look up your legislator’s phone number. You can say: “I am a constituent, and I am calling to ask you to please oppose SB 5940.”
After you make your call, please use the form by the Humane Society. They provided an easy letter you can fill out and send to your legislators. Please check out the HSUS site and tell your senator what you think.