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2011 Senate Bill 5356: Establishing seasons for hunting cougars with the aid of dogs
Introduced by Sen. Bob Morton, (R - Kettle Falls) (R) on January 21, 2011 To direct the Fish and Wildlife Commission to establish rules and a season for hunting cougars with the aid of dogs. This act also removes conditions on the use of dogs in cougar hunting only as a last resort and solely for the purpose of protecting livestock, although the Commission may impose conditions in its rules. (Companion: HB 1124).   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Natural Resources & Marine Waters Committee on January 21, 2011
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 16, 2011 To strike the original bill and extend the cougar pilot project for an additional 5 years. Prohibits hunters participating in the pilot seasons from exchanging payment to a commercial enterprise for the use of dogs, and requires a report to the Legislature that summarizes the pilot program and makes recommendations.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 16, 2011
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 17, 2011
Passed 37 to 11 in the Senate on March 7, 2011 Extends the cougar hunting pilot project for an additional 5 years. This bill prohibits hunters participating in the pilot seasons from exchanging payment to a commercial enterprise for the use of dogs, and requires a report to the Legislature that summarizes the pilot program and makes recommendations.
Received in the House on March 9, 2011
Referred to the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee on March 9, 2011
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on March 24, 2011

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