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Say NO today to Sport Hound Hunting of Cougars!

HB 1124 is currently moving through the Washington State House of Representatives and would grant the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) full authority to extend hound hunting of cougars to sport hunters. This bill is not based on solid conservation and science, but instead is driven by misinformation and scare tactics about protecting public safety. We need your help today to stop HB 1124 from passing on the full House floor!

Help preserve a healthy cougar population in Washington State by taking less than five minutes to:
  1. Identify your representatives.
  2. Contact them (by phone, e-mail or both) and urge them to oppose HB 1124, allowing sport hunters to hunt cougars with hounds.
     
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HELPFUL HINTS: Calling is the fastest and most impactful action. Staff will take your call and are often amiable. Following up with a polite e-mail solidifies your action if you have time. To avoid cumbersome forms, find your representative’s e-mail using the legislator e-mail directory.

By actively opposing HB 1124, you are telling your legislators in Olympia what matters most to you. Use the template below to help formulate your message—pick 1-2 bullets for an e-mail or to use as talking points when you call.

Dear (Representative),
As a constituent, I respectfully ask that you oppose HB 1124 allowing the hunting of cougars with hounds. This bill would give Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) full authority to extend hound hunting to sport hunters.

  (Choose ONLY 1-2 bullets below to personalize your message.)
  • WDFW already has the ability to use hounds and other means to remove "problem cougars" when necessary—this bill merely extends that activity to indiscriminate hunters, a significant revenue base for WDFW.
  • HB 1124 will not increase public safety. Instead, it will extend hound hunting to indiscriminate sport hunters with little knowledge of how to properly identify a particular cougar if there is a legitimate problem.
  • In 1996, voters overwhelmingly passed Initiative 655 by 63%, banning the use of hounds for sport hunting of cougars. There have been repeated attempts, such as HB 1124, to overturn the voters' voice since that time.
  • Cougar populations are an important and essential part of Washington’s ecosystem. Researchers have found that heavily hunted areas have fewer adult females and kittens, and a younger overall age structure. Younger cougars know little about how to avoid humans. Heavy hunting can actually unhinge cougar populations, leading to increased encounters and conflicts.
Please vote no on HB 1124 on the full House floor! I look forward to your response and thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
(Your name, phone number and home address)

 
Please let us know after you take action by forwarding a copy of your message to publicaffairs@paws.org!


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