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Commission Sticks with Linking Cougar Hunts to Wolf Recovery

posted Sep 5, 2015, 4:49 PM by chloe owens

8/24/15, by Don Jenkins, Capital Press

Commission sticks with linking cougar hunts to wolf recovery

Washington will increase cougar hunting in wolf territory as a sympathetic gesture to communities concerned about the increasing presence of predators, the Fish and Wildlife Commission confirmed Friday.  The commission voted 7-1 to reject a petition submitted by the Humane Society of the United States and several conservation groups challenging the stepped-up cougar hunts in about 29% of the state.  They argued that shooting cougars to shore up support for wolf recovery was a rash move by the commission.