Washington Bear-Baiting Act, Initiative 655 (1996)

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The Washington Bear-Baiting Initiative, also known as Initiative 655, was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. The measure categorized hunting for black bears with bait and black bears, cougars, bobcats, and lynxes with dogs, as gross misdemeanors.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 655 (1996)
Approveda Yes 1,387,577 62.99%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall it be a gross misdemeanor to take, hunt, or attract black bears with bait, or to hunt bears, cougars, bobcat or lynx with dogs?[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 655 was filed on January 5, 1996 by Joseph F. Scott of Seattle. 228,148 signatures were collected to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 'Office of the Secretary of State, "1996 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 30, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People," accessed August 29, 2013