Tuesday morning at 9am, the California Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee takes up a bill to ban the use of hounds in the hunting of bears and bobcats. You can read the proposed measure here and contact the members of the committee through this site.
Senator Ted Lieu is sponsoring the bill. He says dogs with their radio collars give the hunters an unfair advantage, that it's unsportsmanlike. He also says the chase is cruel, stressing the bears even if a hunter does not wind up shooting them. Further, Lieu says the hounds attack other wildlife, pets and livestock on private land.
It was important for me to have a balanced report, so I spent a Saturday night in Red Bluff with the California Houndsmen for Conservation -- 500 members at a fundraiser. They are concerned about their rights being preserved. They believe this bill is just the first step in a vegan agenda.
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You can research more on the number of bears killed in legal hunts here on the California Department of Fish and Game website.
Senator Lieu introduced the bill after California Fish and Game Commission President Bill Richards bagged a mountain lion in Idaho using hounds.