Washington hound hunting bill dies in Senate
A bill that would have exempted six counties from Washington’s statewide ban on hound hunting cougars died in the state Senate on Wednesday. SB 5940 passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee in a bipartisan vote, but no further action was taken on the bill before the March 11th deadline.
The Cougar Fund was strongly opposed to SB 5940, and submitted a detailed letter to the Senate Committee. As most of you know, SB 5940 would have been extremely regressive and would have undone all the good Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is already doing to help people coexist with predators.