Cougar hunt bill goes to House floor
SALEM -- A legislative committee has approved a bill that would allow counties to opt out of a ban on the use of dogs to hunt cougars if voters approve the exemption in a county election.
A statewide ban on the use of dogs to hunt cougars has been in place since Oregon voters approved it in 1994.
The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on April 16 moved House Bill 2624 to the floor with a do-pass recommendation by a 6-2 vote.
Reps. Ben Unger, D-Hillsboro, and Jeff Reardon, D-Portland, voted against the bill.
-- Mitch Lies