I sent Twitter updates live from the hearing this morning, into a ban on the use of hounds in bear and bobcat hunting. I sent messages along with pictures, to let you see how the hearing played out. Here are a few of them:
9:01am Overflow crowd at Bear Hound Ban hearing. Nice -- both sides in issue thanked me for last night's balanced report.
9:08am The hunters are wearing this button, complaining that the ban is in response to Bill Richards killing mountain lion.
9:19am Sponsor of bill and witnesses testifying. Hundreds of people in hall and overflow room.
9:56am Wildlife biologist from Oregon testifies dogs are important to bear research, and that they help "catch and release".
10:16am Hundreds of hunters are here opposing the bill. Still lining up.
10:46am LaMalfa calls bee expert who says bears are a threat to declining bee population.
1:14pm Hound ban passes 5-3. Now on to Appropriations Committee.