Small Win for Cougars in Washington
Last April, the state of Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Commission decided that the percentage of cougars which could be hunted in Washington should be increased from 12%-16% to 17%-21%. Outrage over the high percentage leap came in the form of a petition from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which was later denied by the Commission in August.
Since then, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has overturned the decision, saying that there was no proper consultation conducted, thus, returning the percentages back down to 12%-16%. Inslee defended his position with the statement, “Transparency and openness in state government are essential in order to maintain the trust of the public.”
Instead of killing these beautiful animals when they wander cl,/p>ose to human communities, the proper thing to do is educate communities about how to coexist with cougars instead of killing them out of fear (or worse for sport).