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Re: Klickitat Sheriff Swears in Hound Hunters to pursue Cougars & Bears
« Reply #45 on: October 03, 2019, 09:03:19 AM »
I was talking with one of our local Vets the other day, and his assistant said a cougar killed a deer just out of town in someones front yard, they called WDFW, WDFW told them "we don't handle those type of situations anymore". 

I wonder if WDFW are trying to pull out of the mess they created with their poor to no predator control programs?




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Re: Klickitat Sheriff Swears in Hound Hunters to pursue Cougars & Bears
« Reply #46 on: October 03, 2019, 09:43:14 AM »
If that truly is what was said and is wdfw's new policy, then their budget should be able to be reduced as they are not having to provide that service. I think a call in to thier office would be in line here to see if that is their policy now.

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Re: Klickitat Sheriff Swears in Hound Hunters to pursue Cougars & Bears
« Reply #47 on: October 03, 2019, 10:42:03 AM »
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Re: Klickitat Sheriff Swears in Hound Hunters to pursue Cougars & Bears
« Reply #48 on: October 03, 2019, 12:18:23 PM »
I was talking with one of our local Vets the other day, and his assistant said a cougar killed a deer just out of town in someones front yard, they called WDFW, WDFW told them "we don't handle those type of situations anymore". 

I wonder if WDFW are trying to pull out of the mess they created with their poor to no predator control programs?





That's not their policy according to the director a few months ago.

https://www.capitalpress.com/ag_sectors/livestock/wdfw-director-when-in-doubt-remove-the-cougar/article_d718cee0-57cd-11e9-9ff6-7b48a2be2ffe.html

"When in doubt, remove the cougar"

http://livingsnoqualmie.com/did-washington-state-fish-and-wildlife-internal-directive-lead-to-killing-of-snoqualmie-valley-cougar/

http://chewelahindependent.com/wdfw-director-talks-predator-management-deer-elk-populations-in-recent-visit/

"COUGAR ENFORCEMENT
 With recent cougar attacks on livestock in the Chewelah area, The Independent asked Susewind about how enforcement policies would be carried out with a problem cougar. He urged people to call if they are concerned about an animal, and WDFW will send an officer out.

Enforcement, however, is not black and white, and there is no blanket policy on what the officer will do. It can be a gray area and each situation can be different.

“The worst thing I could do is give a black and white directive,” Susewind said. “I feel the best person to make the call is the person in the field.”

Some local groups in Stevens County want either hounding or some sort of lethal response after a depredation by a cougar. Susewind said that officers make assessments and can decide to chase and harass cougars with hounds, but every situation is different. Overall it’s a judgement call by their trained officers.

Overall public safety is the focus of WDFW, Susewind said"


https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/living/dangerous-wildlife/response


WDFW response to dangerous wildlife complaints












Some conflicts with dangerous wildlife species are inevitable as humans continue to expand into habitat traditionally occupied by black bear and cougar. When those conflicts occur, people often call WDFW offices for assistance.

The WDFW Enforcement Program is responsible for responding and assisting the public regarding solutions to complaints about dangerous wildlife. WDFW policy directs agency employees to respond within specific timeframes and with certain responses depending on the urgency of the incident.

These responses are summarized below.

Situation 1: Cougar or black bear depredation on livestock resulting in the loss of animal

Response: WDFW enforcement officer response within 24 hours, with the authority to:
•Euthanize the offending animal, or
•Immobilize, mark, and relocate offending animal one time only.

Situation 2: Cougar or black bear exhibit behavior that constitutes an 'urgent human safety concern'

Response: Immediate response by WDFW enforcement officer with the authority to:
•Euthanize the offending animal, or
•Immobilize, mark, and relocate the offending animal one time only.

Situation 3: Cougar or black bear attack on a human


Response: Immediate response by WDFW enforcement officer.
•Euthanize offending animal.
•Submit tissue samples to State Health Department for rabies test.

Although attacks on humans are rare, WDFW is prepared to respond based on established protocols.
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Re: Klickitat Sheriff Swears in Hound Hunters to pursue Cougars & Bears
« Reply #49 on: October 03, 2019, 12:27:35 PM »
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Re: Klickitat Sheriff Swears in Hound Hunters to pursue Cougars & Bears
« Reply #50 on: October 03, 2019, 02:12:00 PM »
"Some conflicts with dangerous wildlife species are inevitable as humans continue to expand into habitat traditionally occupied by black bear and cougar populations continue to explode unchecked. When those conflicts occur, people often call WDFW offices for assistance."

Fixed it for you, Director Susewind.
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Re: Klickitat Sheriff Swears in Hound Hunters to pursue Cougars & Bears
« Reply #51 on: October 03, 2019, 02:29:08 PM »
"Some conflicts with dangerous wildlife species are inevitable as humans continue to expand into habitat traditionally occupied by black bear and cougar populations continue to explode unchecked. When those conflicts occur, people often call WDFW offices for assistance."

Fixed it for you, Director Susewind.

Really it's probably a little bit of both. I wouldn't cross the part out that you crossed out. The addition is accurate.
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Re: Klickitat Sheriff Swears in Hound Hunters to pursue Cougars & Bears
« Reply #52 on: October 03, 2019, 02:49:21 PM »
Why would wdfw care that a cat took out a deer? Proximity to people? Urban area?

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Re: Klickitat Sheriff Swears in Hound Hunters to pursue Cougars & Bears
« Reply #53 on: October 03, 2019, 03:51:05 PM »
Why would wdfw care that a cat took out a deer? Proximity to people? Urban area?

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You're right. I skipped right over the part about it being a deer. What would they even do in the first place? I guess if the cougar did something that would classify it as a dangerous cougar, that's one thing. Seems to be a cougar just doin cougar stuff.
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