Oregon Cougar Hunting Initiative (2012)

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Oregon Cougar Hunting Initiative, also known as Initiative 19, did not make the November 2012 statewide ballot as an initiated state statute.

Text of measure

The draft ballot title was:[1]

Overrides law barring use of dogs to hunt, pursue cougars for sport; caps cougar population

Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote overrides voter-enacted prohibition; allows public sport hunters to use dogs to hunt, pursue, and harass cougars; limits statewide cougar population to 3,500.

Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote retains 1994 voter-approved prohibition on sport hunters' using dogs to hunt, pursue cougars; prohibition does not apply to state wildlife management agents.

Summary: Current law, adopted by initiative in 1994, prohibits using dogs to hunt or pursue cougars for sport. Prohibition does not apply to government employees and agents acting in official capacities, or to landowners if cougars cause damage, public health risk, or public nuisance. Measure requires Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to control and maintain statewide cougar population at 3,000 to 3,500; to issue enough public hunting permits or tags to maintain that level; to apportion maximum number of cougars throughout the state. Measure overrides voter-approved prohibition. DFW must permit public use to use dogs to hunt and pursue cougars for sport whenever DFW determines overpopulation exists or is imminent. DFW may permit public to use dogs to pursue and tree cougars anywhere. Other provisions.

Path to the ballot

See also: Oregon signature requirements

In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 87,213 valid signatures by July 6, 2012.

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Related measures

ApprovedaOregon Bans Hunting Bears with Bait or Cougars with Dogs, Ballot Measure 18 (1994)
DefeateddOregon Repeal 1994 Bear/Cougar Initiative, Ballot Measure 34 (1996)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballotOregon Bear and Cougar Hunting Initiative (2010)

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