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Meeting on cougar plan to be held
Published Wednesday March 8,
2006 by LEE JUILLERAT, H&N Regional Editor
How many aren't enough?
“We have all those problems,” Foster said. “Cougars are abundant throughout the state.”
Foster said cougars became
an issue in the mid-1990s when populations caused
conflicts in all areas of Oregon, not just rural
counties. People in urban areas, who had expressed
little or no sympathy for conflicts outside the
Willamette Valley, quickly became alarmed as those
problems increased in larger cities.
Under the proposed plan,
minimum statewide cougar populations will be set at
3,000. That doesn't mean, Foster emphasized, that
populations will immediately decline. The plan
proposes decreases through two processes:
administrative removals and limited hunting seasons.
“It's fairly contentious. It's very political,” Foster said of the plan and its controversy. “It's also been very interesting for me personally.”
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