Two more cougars were killed in Southern Oregon on Sunday bringing the total for the current 'culling' to fifty-nine. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hired federal Wildlife Services agents to kill up to 66 cougars in three target areas. Now wildlife advocates, one of which is Big Wild Life ( http://bigwildlife.weebly.com/index.html) are suing to put a stop to the slaughter. The suit claims Wildlife Services violated federal law by not fully examining all the potential adverse environmental impacts and alternative actions before accepting the ODFW contract. Facts concerning the cougar population were altered to placate landowners who are not happy about having wild animals (native wild animals) at large on their land. A 2006 study published in the Journal of Wildlife Management says that cougar populations in the Pacific Northwest are declining. We need to stop killing all of our wild animals such as cougar and SEA LIONS.
Brian Vincent, spokesman for the Williams-based group Big Wildlife, a co-plaintiff, said having Wildlife Services kill cougars to ease livestock losses is asking "the state and the federal government to do nanny care" for ranchers. He said that one solution would be for ranchers not to leave their stock out in fields at night.
I am just sick and tired of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife authorizing slaughter of all of our beautiful wild creatures.