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Victory! Bill To Ban Hunting With Hounds Passes Committee!

April 25th, 2012 by Webmaster

In California, hounds are used for hunting black bears and bobcats. This inhumane practice is called “hounding” and uses packs of radio-collared dogs to chase down frightened bears and bobcats, sometimes for many miles, until the animal nears exhaustion and is forced up a tree. When the dogs stop running, the trophy hunter knows that they have an animal cornered. A tracking device then locates the hounds and the hunter will shoot the bear or bobcat out of the tree. 

SB 1221, a bill that would ban hound hunting in California, passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee on April 24. The vote was split right down the political divide with five democrats voting “aye” and three republicans voting “no”. The California state capitol was overrun with cammo and cowboy hats on one side, animal advocates on the other. Each side was able to make statements, and at the end of the hearing, the score was bears and bobcats 1, hunters 0.

Thanks to the hundreds of IDA members in California who contacted the Natural Resources Committee about this bill, and those who showed up at the hearing in Sacramento! It worked! Please respond just as strongly when we contact you again about this bill soon. The bill now heads to the Appropriations Committee. There are a few more steps – this battle isn’t quite won yet.

IDA’s Hope Bohanec spoke at the hearing on behalf of IDA’s California members, encouraging the committee to ban the cruel practice of hunting with hounds. Many people find hounding inhumane and even some hunters consider it unsportsmanlike. A 2011 survey by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, Inc. revealed that 83 percent of California voters oppose the practice of bear hounding.

Fourteen states do not allow hunting bears with hounds including Montana, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Washington. Hounds are vulnerable to injury and death in hunting accidents from guns, vehicles and the prey they are pursuing. Some of the hounds are treated inhumanely, including being abandoned in the field, and others suffer abuse from neglect and lack of veterinary care. Many of the dogs are abandoned at animal shelters, exacerbating the drain on shelter resources.

IDA would like to thank State Senator Ted Lieu for introducing this bill that would ban hound hunting of bears and bobcats in the state of California. We also thank the five yes votes — Senators Fran Pavley, Christine Kehoe, Alex Padilla, Noreen Evans and Lois Wolk. Please click here to find their contact information and thank them for their support of SB 1221. IDA will keep you updated on this important legislation as it moves through the legislature.

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  76. October 18, 2012 at 9:17 am, Brad said:

    You probably have never hunted with hounds before so who gives you the right to take away a mans lively hood?

  77. October 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm, rc said:

    you people have no idea what you are talking about hunting is a way of life for many people my famiiy has been a part of hunting for many years and the animal we take we use all the meat or give it to the hunter for the hungry and yes we do use hound to hunt bear with it is what they are breed to do and our hounds are in better shape then most people house dogs

  78. September 26, 2012 at 11:39 am, nick said:

    But, hey, you guys in California are in such a good financial position with money to spare, why not pay government hunters to kill them.

  79. September 26, 2012 at 11:37 am, nick said:

    The long and the short of it is this: Some bears will need to be killed. Someone will have to kill them because even vegans take away their habitat by living in houses and driving on roads. California can be paid by hunters to do it, or pay hunters to do it. The state does not have hounds, they hire “government hunters” (aka houndsmen) to catch and kill bears.

  80. September 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm, Victoria said:

    For those who support hunting as a means of keeping the wildlife population down, the reality that many of the predatory species are also fair game for hunters has not been exposed enough to air the potential of the balance of nature being continued by not persecuting them. The image of wild preators as marauding felons has damaged their very existence. As the protection of Wyoming wolves being dropped has argued:

    “80 percent of Wyoming as a “predator zone” where wolves can be shot on sight. In the remainder of the state, excluding Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, wolves will be designated a “trophy game animal” and hunted in large numbers, with the goal of reducing the population from about 270 wolves to 100.

    In response to this decision, the Center for Biological Diversity joined a coalition of environmental groups in filing a notice of intent to sue the federal government for stripping away Endangered Species Act protections from Wyoming’s wolves.

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    “Wyoming Gray Wolf Management Plan”
    The “Wyoming Gray Wolf Management Plan” is nearly identical to one that was rejected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2009 for not being protective enough of wolves. Wyoming’s latest plan does shrink the size of the predator zone for a small area south of Grand Teton National Park, but not by much and only for part of the year.

    “Wyoming’s wolf-management plan is a body blow to wolf recovery in the West,” said Greenwald. “It’ll drastically reduce wolf numbers in the northern Rocky Mountains and cut off further spread of these animals to excellent habitat in Colorado and Utah.”

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    Protections for wolves in the rest of the northern Rockies, including Montana, Idaho, eastern Oregon and Washington and northern Utah, were removed by Congress via a rider on a budget bill and have been a disaster for wolf recovery. Idaho and Montana now allow hunting and trapping designed to drastically cut wolf populations, with a total of 545 wolves killed last year and more targeted for killing in the coming year.

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    “As with the rest of the northern Rockies, this decision to remove protections for Wyoming’s wolves flies in the face of all the best research that’s been done in recent years,” said Greenwald. “Just in the short time we’ve allowed wolves to return – in limited numbers – and reclaim their natural ecological role, they’ve quickly demonstrated they’re an irreplaceable keystone species. By limiting the amount of time elk spend along rivers, their presence has led to major improvements in streamside vegetation and water quality, benefiting fish, insects, birds, beavers and a broad range of other species. They’re fascinating to people and a significant tourist draw for states, including Wyoming.”

    I would agree with the statements that in rearing the natural world is kinder than the mass factory farming industry and especially the cruelties endured at KFC amd McDonalds for birds in the often live defeathering and certainly live de-beaking processes but surely if people HAVE to eat meat arguing for naturally reared and much less of it is a step forward, although not eating meat helps to stop cancer,diabetes and heart disease, see The China Study. I find the pain and suffering of animals in bow hunting and unchallenged cruelties terrible

  81. September 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm, Warner said:

    I hunt and I provide for my family. I also respect the animal. I respect them so much I have spent much time and money learning to cleanly take the game and care for it meticulously, careful to not be wasteful. This mindset has been passed down to me from many generations of ethical hunters, some of the same people that have given their lives, so folks like you and I can voice our differing opinions and still be free. If you don’t like hunting than by all means “don’t go hunting” but don’t then tell me and others that we cannot hunt. One more thought. The meat eaten by my family at dinner time was taken by me. Then dressed, processed and cooked by me, for my family. Who killed and processed your family’s dinner, so you could cook it? Answer that question and then honestly tell me who has the more respect for the animal. Thank you. Warner.

  82. September 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm, ryan said:

    Im a hunter and a hounds men and i dont tell you to not eat meat or harvest animals ,so please dont try and tell what i can and cant do . Thanks for your time

  83. September 16, 2012 at 9:23 am, kevin adcock said:

    Hunters contribute millions of dollars to wildlife conservation every year, a lot more than most anti hunting groups. If hunting is banned worldwide, starvation and disease would spread like wildfire. This is not my opinion just the facts. Calling us hunters creeps and blood thirsty killers only shows childish ignorance!

  84. August 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm, Jake Sinclair said:

    I’m a San Francisco Pediatrician and a member of Senator Mark Leno’s home district.

    My family and I attended the House Appropriations Committee last Wednesday, where we witnessed Senator Lieu courageously stand up to the large NRA contingent,and argue on behalf of SB 1221.

    However I was very distressed that in the context of that committee’s fiscal focus, no one mentioned the negative fiscal impact of hound hunting.

    Bears are an essential part of the forest eco-system and one of their most important roles is breaking apart fallen trees and dead logs in their search for grubs. This practice accelerates these highly flammable logs transformation into soil and prevents this form of tinder from initiating or perpetuating a forest fire.
    California spent $412 million dollars in the last fiscal year fighting wildfires. The NRA’s puny argument that losing the $400,000 in hunting fees associated with hound hunting pales in comparison to the losses we incur as we allow their indiscriminate decimation of black bears in our Sierra forests.

    My family has a personal story of a large black bear population that hound hunters nearly wiped out over the past 4 years in a high mountain area above Nevada City, California. I’ve attached it below along with a couple of websites that corroborate the “starvation killings” that go un-reported, as these bears are run down by packs of dogs for miles in high mountain forests and “stress burn” off the crucial winter fat they need to make it through the winter. There are also 2 links affirming the bear’s contribution to fire suppression in our Sierra forests. I can provide more detailed research on these matters if you are interested.

    Thank you IDA for your persistent, fact based support of animals and our environment.

  85. July 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm, Jordan said:

    haha you guys are all pathetic. So your telling me that you would rather have animals suffer from starvation and disease from over population rather than have us HUNTERS regulate it? i’m pretty sure you guys are the cruel ones. No matter how hard you try or want hunting banned, you’ll never ever stop me, you will have to pry my gun and my hounds out of my cold dead hands before you stop me. And i can tell you none of you cruel killers will ever do that cause you probably dont even know how to shoot a gun, and plus, that would be killing right? and thats not good if i read this all right. Ya know there is alot of stuff in this world i dont like, but i suck it up. maybe all you should try it. If your going to talk about how hunting is cruel and un humane, how about you try it out first and see what its all about. But just like i said, and im sure i speak for most HUNTERS, you’ll never stop me, you wont stop a traditon that has been around for thousands and thousands of years. How and the hell did the pioneers live? think they went to glens and bought food? Fuck no, they went out and killed it and put meat on their families table. If you dont like it then cudos to you guys, im sorry that your missing out on such a great time, just more game for me then. Were not killers, We’re hunters, get your shit straight. Now i’m going to go run a bear :)

  86. July 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm, thomas said:

    To everyone who thinks hunting is evil look at yourselves first. You moved into these animals habitats and destroyed it. Now we have to control the population or they will overpopulate and starve and your cute cuddly bears will have no place to go other than searching for food in your garbage can. Hound hunting is a time honored tradition that has been around much longer than greenpeace or your other so called animal loving orginizations. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about, you watch a couple bang flop videos and now want to fight for a cause you don’t understand. The only problem here is you.

    • July 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm, Jack Carone said:

      Hi, Thomas. Hunting animals can actually increase their numbers, rather than decrease them.
      You may be interested in this article about Compensatory Rebound Effect.
      This is sometimes not considered with an open mind by those with an axe to grind against organizations which advocate for animals, but you will notice that there are links to discussions of this which are not from animal rights or protection organizations, but from government and scientific sources, even one from a pro-hunting source discussing the use of food plots. Then, this from the University of Tennessee — ““By keeping the deer population below the carrying capacity of the available habitat, more forage (nutrition) is available per deer. Thus, does are healthier, reproductive success is higher and more does are able to carry two fawns. Ironically, this can result in a greater deer harvest each year. Depending on the relationship of the population and the carrying capacity, an „optimum sustained yield‟ can be achieved where a relatively high reproductive rate allows an abundant harvest each fall. With high-quality habitat and increased nutrition, the percentage of doe fawns that breed their first fall increases (sometimes up to 25 percent). Also, a higher percentage of yearling does produce two fawns instead of one. Because fawns are born at approximately a 1:1 sex ratio, more bucks may be born each year. Therefore, in some areas, you actually can increase the number of bucks born by shooting more does.”–“Quality Deer Management: Guidelines for Implementation,” 6. Agricultural Extension Service, The University of Tennessee.
      The pdf is available at this link–
      We will be interested in your response to this reading, and whether you think they are all wrong, too. Of course, if killing more animals creates more animals to kill, that is good news to those who find killing enjoyable. Thanks.

      • July 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm, thomas said:

        I would just like to point out that yes some of your resources may be credible for certain situations I would just like to point to a real world example of how too many restrictions on hunting can effect the population. I’m sure most people are awear of the situation in PA where the deer population is getting so out of hand that there that the idea of neutering the animals in mass numbers is being pushed around. Also you are refering to deer hunting which are not preditory animals. They do cause a bit of damage when their food supply runs out but not like the preditors. I know everyone is very holie than thou on the vegan side but the fact is that this is a free country and who are these people to impose upon our right to hunt. I don’t really care what your green peace morals are but kindly keep them to yourselves and let the rest of us enjoy our lives. Also I would like to point out that for the ammount of talk these orginizations do there is not a whole lot of action, hunters are among the leading conservationalists as well as donors to these programs. We also provide this state/country with a lot of revenue aka licenses tags gas exc. If you love these animals so much that is your business, keep them on your land and they wont be hunted but dont try to impose your oppinions on the public on public land. Since we got to this country Americans have been hunting it’s a tradition and heritage that shouldn’t be stopped because of the liberal agenda. Go ahead find whatever obscure research you can find and present it as the god’s honest truth but whatever you find it won’t make taking rights away from honest Americans.

        • July 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm, Jack Carone said:

          Once again, deer hunting is in part responsible for the overpopulation of deer. Many people opposed to hunting, the unfair killing of the unarmed by the armed, are not vegan or vegetarian. They just think killing for fun is wrong. They don’t feel that you do have a right to harass and kill animals who belong to them every bit as much as they belong to you, and in fact, they belong to no one but themselves. Your little hunting license fee isn’t doing much– if you are a conservationist, why don’t you just make a large donation to a conservation group and leave the animals alone? We have had lots of rotten traditions in this country– slavery, oppression of women , child labor– bullies killing animals, often only wounded and left to die slow, agonizing deaths– tradition does not make right. And remember, you came here, to IDA’s house, they did not knock on your door. It is you who is imposing your views on the people reading this blog, who mostly disagree with you. And yet, you are being allowed to. I guess the liberals are more….liberal than you.

          • July 18, 2012 at 7:32 am, Nolte said:

            Jack,

            So if killing animals creates more animals and leaving animals alone creates more animals, what is the answer to keep animal populations within the carrying capacity? The reality is that animals are going to die. I would assume that a quick humane death through hunting is much less agonizing than one that involves starvation or disease. I can assure you that seeing a mange ridden fox or malnourished deer in the winter turns my stomach much worse than one that is harvested quickly through hunting.

            The other dirty little secret is that roughly the same amount of animals are killed by government agencies each year from depredation or problem animals as are killed when a hunting season is in effect. The only difference is that hunters pay through license fees the opportunity to hunt while in the other scenario everyone pays the USDA employee through taxes to do the same. The end result is pretty much the same, except one costs more than the other.

            I completely understand if someone chooses to not hunt, eat meat, or animal products. It is us to each individual to make those decisions. I also wish that others would respect my pesonal decisions even if they disagree with them. Hunting has never been solely about the taking of an animal’s life., although it can be a part of it. It is much larger than that. It is about the experience and connection one gets to the wild by inserting themselves in a natural process that is older than any of us know. Harvesting a healthy, natural, renewable resource gives one respect and appreciation for exactly what that animal can provide. It is a much different experience than picking up a package of chicken breasts at the local super market.

          • July 18, 2012 at 9:44 am, Jack Carone said:

            Nolte, the “quick kill” is a myth, as many animals run to die a slow and agonizing death from their wound. When the weapon was a bow and arrow, it gets even more hideous. You are correct about the carnage wreaked by government agencies, and no one who cares about wildlife supports that bloodshed, either. Since you have chosen to visit a page operated by an animal protection organization, it should come as no surprise that most people here will disagree with you on this. IDA does not encourage buying the package at the grocery store either– neither is essential for survival in 21st Century America. Peace.

          • July 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm, thomas said:

            Thank you nolte. The real issue to me is not your oppinions on the hunting issue. Everyone has the right to an oppinion. And never in my life have I tried to force feed a vegetarian a cheeseburger or make a vegan go hunting with me. My sister is a vegetarian but I dont shove steaks down her throat. So all I ask for is the same respect. Don’t try to shove your way of life down my throat either. The notion that everyone in the country has to abide by your way of life is the basis for communism. I am an american and the thing that makes this country so great is that we are all allowed to have our own oppinions and way of life and coexist peacefully. I fought for these rights overseas and I come back to realize that they are being trampled by the liberal mind set of “everyone must be like me”. I don’t see hunters trying to stop the harvesting of soy so don’t infridge on the harvesting of animals. I respect and love wild life just as much if not more than you all. It breaks my heart to see starving wild life. So please as one American to another please just respect our way of life and our culture. This is a part of my heritage and part of my families history in this country. Comparing this to slavery and womens rights is just insain because it is you all who are trying to take rights away from us. I don’t hate any one of you, I respect you as americans and I respect your rights. Now please respect mine.

          • July 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm, Jack Carone said:

            We don’t agree that you have a right to blow away an animal who is just trying to live, like you.

          • September 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm, chris said:

            Animal populations have to be maintained or they will over populate and then you will see widespread disease. I think hound hunting is just one good way to do this out of many.

          • October 03, 2012 at 2:39 pm, Jim said:

            What i like to do as a hunter is go in the woods and kill everything possible and let my dogs chew on it. I once shot a deer and it layed in the creek and i had to shoot it again in the head while it was crying and it kicked me lol when i stuck my knife in its belly so my brother cut its throat it was soo funny. Me and my uncle was guttin one he told me to hold its head and when i did he pushed on its belly and made it bahh at me and scared the crap out of me haha. Hunting is awesome like when you see a herd of deer and just start firing right in the middle and then go and see how many different blood trails there are.

  87. May 09, 2012 at 8:19 am, Ashley said:

    Unless you are a vegetarian you eat meat….where do you think that meat comes from????? ANIMALS I am a hunter and my family and I eat the animals that I kill. You think hunting is inhumane, those animals aren’t enclosed in a fence and killed like the cow, chicken, turkey, etc. that you all eat. At least when I hunt a deer it has a fair chance to get away…..think about that. Anyone that eats meat and is against hunting is a huge HYPOCRIT.

  88. May 06, 2012 at 12:47 pm, Warren F. Nicklas said:

    How sad! An American tradition attacked. Hounds love to hunt! Americans have hunted with hounds for centuries! George Washington maintained a pack! T.R., the greatest American conservationist to ever hold the office of president hunted with hounds. Whether the dogs are provided with proper veterinary care is a separate issue, as is abandonment. You attack tracking collars like they are something evil when in reality they are used to get the hunters to the game and dogs quickly which provides for a quicker kill of the prey and retrieval of the hounds. Perhaps, we can poll on other activities and reduce other American’s freedom to enjoy the recreation of their choosing. Anti hunting borders on a religion. Something we have freedom of in America. Don’t force your beliefs down my throat!

  89. May 06, 2012 at 11:54 am, lynn gray said:

    why do humans hunt animals? they are BLOODthirsty hoodlums.

  90. May 05, 2012 at 4:37 pm, m s said:

    hunting with hounds is not hunting It is a method to boost low egos It is disgusting and should be permanently banned

  91. May 04, 2012 at 1:22 pm, David Hochtritt said:

    Great news. If you could only convince the idiots in Wisconsin to do the same!

  92. May 04, 2012 at 12:57 pm, Gianna Macias said:

    It is one step on the right path, however ALL HUNTING SHOULD BE BANNED, this measure would decrease dramatically
    domestic violence in particular and violence in general.

  93. May 04, 2012 at 12:02 pm, Helena Frangogiannis said:

    This is good news. But the best news will be when hunting in any form will be banned.
    The only kind of people that enjoy killing are psychopaths. Hunting is to enjoy killing. Ergo, hunters are psychopaths by definition. When a State sells a hunting license what is it selling? License to be a psychopath, legally !!

  94. May 04, 2012 at 11:35 am, paul said:

    no more hunting ever should be the law.

  95. May 04, 2012 at 9:33 am, Tonya Cather said:

    Is it not enough that men get to go out and hunt deer, dove, and turkeys to name a few? We have to put an end to all the torture and killing men put innocent animals through for their intertainment! These poor animals are chased by dogs, men, and helicopter’s! Chased and then shot and killed! These men and some women need to be stopped and then punished to the max! This kind of thing is uncalled for! And I for one, want it to end!

  96. May 04, 2012 at 8:09 am, josh said:

    Awesome work! As a California resident, let me know how I can help.

    • October 04, 2012 at 7:09 pm, jak d said:

      you need to buy a hound and start hunting

  97. May 04, 2012 at 4:51 am, Gill Didlick said:

    When will human beings stop this disgusting behaviour of hunting animals. What is is that makes some humans want to look after and cherish animals and others want to hunt and torture and kill them. Thank God for this legislation to get this inhumane treatment of animals banned and and outlawed.

  98. May 04, 2012 at 4:47 am, Gill Didlick said:

    When will human beings stop this disgusting behaviour of hunting animals. What is it that makes some humans want to look after and cherish animals and others that want to hunt and torture and kill them. Thank God for this legislation to get this inhumane treatment of animals banned and outlawed.

    • October 04, 2012 at 7:11 pm, jak d said:

      when the bears stop killing the deer and I am no longer at the TOP of the FOOD CHAIN

  99. May 04, 2012 at 4:24 am, CQ said:

    This is good news indeed. Thanks for your part in it, IDA (and Hope).

    I will send emails to State Sen. Lieu and the five senators who voted “yes” on this committee. They deserve to sleep well at night. Perhaps those who voted “no” will change their minds and hearts if they have nightmares about being chased and run up a tree. Waking up in a cold sweat just might cure their inability to feel compassion for their fellow-beings!

    No bear or bobcat or dog or any creature, including civilized man, should be subjected to this or any other barbaric cruelty. Tracking and shooting defenseless, terrified animals is the kind of activity that is no longer welcome in this nation, and it is time to say goodbye and good riddance to it and to all other forms of tyranny.

    We, human and nonhuman alike, were all made by our Creator to be free from oppression. This vote is one small demonstration of that truth.

  100. May 04, 2012 at 3:23 am, Jim said:

    End hound hunting!

  101. May 04, 2012 at 2:56 am, Debby said:

    Wonderful news for the bears, bobcats and dogs of California! One by one, abuses of animals are being eliminated from the books. Just goes to show that some humans are evolving. Wish it was faster, but we’ll take what we can get. Thanks IDA for all you do.

  102. May 03, 2012 at 11:48 pm, Maureen Jackson said:

    What is wrong with you people in America you KILL everything that is BEAUTIFUL, WHY???? there is some thing seriously wrong with people who have the need to KILL & the people who Allow it to go on, the EVIL in these people has to be STOPPED by LAW, or there will be none of these BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS left, please stop the CARNAGE NOW.

  103. May 03, 2012 at 8:33 pm, Lynn Anderson said:

    If California allows this barbaric brutality, then I won’t be vacationing in California again.

  104. May 03, 2012 at 7:50 pm, Maria said:

    in defense of animals

  105. May 03, 2012 at 7:27 pm, Lorna said:

    Protection, charity and respect for these beautiful animals

  106. May 03, 2012 at 7:27 pm, Lorna said:

    Protection, charity, justice and respect for these beautiful animals!

  107. May 03, 2012 at 5:54 pm, darla hill said:

    This is crazy that these “Hunter’s” use Hunting Hound’s to alert the Hunter’s!!! That they run them almost to death…. I hate hunting and really think this has to change!!! Thank’s, Darla Hill

  108. May 03, 2012 at 5:32 pm, rosemary said:

    This is just a waste of time. What is the point of this?

  109. May 03, 2012 at 5:13 pm, Sharlee Moore said:

    There is NO honor in this sport.

    I do NOT understand men who murder defenseless animals.

    SUCH COWARDS !!!!

  110. May 03, 2012 at 5:06 pm, Marilyn Snyder said:

    I have watched video of this horrendous hunting practice in California and its horrible and horribly unfair to the bears. They really don’t stand a chance. I don’t get how the hunters could feel any sense of accomplishment for torturing a single poor bear with a pack of dogs. These same people are so against wolves, bu they use their dogs as if they are wolves!! THANK EVERYBODY for help passing this ban. I just hope it can help stop the poachers!!!

    • September 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm, Glen said:

      Stuff like this wont stop poachers. Poaching is against the law. Do you think that a poacher will stop because a law was passed against it? REALLY!!!!???? Just like banning guns. The bad guys will have guns and the good guys wont, so when someone comes to harm you and your family I can not stop them. I know these are different but it is the same principal!

  111. May 03, 2012 at 4:22 pm, Grady said:

    What it must feel like to be hunted down is what people never ever think about. The terror an animal feels is heartbreaking. This bill must pass so this particularly terror will end. May compassion,mercy and conscience compel this law to pass.

    • July 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm, jason said:

      A response to grady. This terror you speak of is a part of these animals instinct to survive. So stop chasing them so they can interne Chase and hunt down deer and they smaller prey species eliminating their numbers. California is seeing a huge impact on deer heard numbers due to exploding populations of mt. Lion, I myself love it because I live in NV. right near the California border line, your lions are coming over in #’s and I’m doing my due diligence to protect our deer. I love NV.

    • July 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm, Madam said:

      How do you know what an animal “feels” Grady? Does that thinking carry over to plants? Imagine what your lawn must “feel” when you indiscriminately cut the heads off all those innocent blades of grass. Stop the killing! Plants feel too! Ban produce sales! My heart is breaking for all those poor bananas that were taken from their tree mother……

  112. May 03, 2012 at 4:03 pm, jo wiest said:

    Wonderful!

  113. May 03, 2012 at 3:00 pm, Dave and Rita Cross said:

    How in God’s world can anyone claim that this is hunting? Hounds have no business hunting bears, bobcats or any other animals! Please protect the dogs and wildlife from these crazy people!

  114. May 03, 2012 at 2:48 pm, susan biggs said:

    LOTS more fun to chase bad people with dogs and guns……………….

  115. May 03, 2012 at 2:35 pm, Lesley Robinson (Mrs) said:

    Here in England, hunting with dogs was thankfully banned in 2004. We must never rest on our laurels, however, because the disgusting creeps still ride out every season, supposedly to hunt a drag trail but quite often killing foxes along the way. They always say it was an accident but the hunt sabs that are dedicated to following them can easily prove with video that the chase was deliberate. If anyone complains about the noise of deer being hounded to death, as did a Devonshire lady owner of a small herd of milking goats, the hunt made sure that they killed all their later deer very loudly behind the sheds where her goats were housed and where they gave birth to their kids. She is now at her wits end and does not know where to turn. The hunt have ruined her business and her life.

  116. May 03, 2012 at 1:50 pm, pauline moore said:

    This killing is so wrong. I can see humans doing this to each other but not to these beautiful animals.

  117. May 03, 2012 at 1:46 pm, thomas moore said:

    Animal hunting should be banned worldwide PERIOD!

  118. May 03, 2012 at 1:38 pm, Jamie said:

    If you must kill…I would think you would like the sport even more having to hike out and find the animals yourself..Learn to TRACK..when I hear of using dogs, I give whatever credit there may be to the dog..NOT the hunter. Anyone can follow a dog! Weak.

  119. May 03, 2012 at 1:38 pm, frances Noyan said:

    About time this cruel games end. They will still hunt these beautiful animals, but at least if they are caught they will be fined or jailed…hopefully !