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2008 House Bill 2438: Making permanent a pilot project that allows for the use of dogs to hunt cougars
  1. Introduced by Rep. Joel Kretz, (Wauconda) (R) on January 14, 2008, this bill would make permanent the hunting of cougars with dogs.
    • Referred to the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee on January 14, 2008.
      • Substitute offered in the House on February 4, 2008, to specify that all new cougar hunting seasons intended to address cougar populations must be designed consistent with the game management plans developed by the WDFW, and allows the WDFW to consider scientific information from sources other than the Washington State University when establishing cougar seasons.
      • The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on February 19, 2008.
    • Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 5, 2008.
      • Amendment offered by Rep. Brian Blake (Longview) (D) on February 19, 2008, extending the cougar hunting pilot program an additional three years, instead of making the program permanent. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 19, 2008.
  2. Passed 66 to 29 in the House on February 19, 2008.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on February 21, 2008.
    • Referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Ocean and Recreation Committee on February 21, 2008.
    • Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 29, 2008.
      • Amendment offered by Sen. Darlene Fairley, (D-Lake Forest Park) (D) on March 4, 2008, to establish that this pilot program does not affect the lawful trapping or killing of wildlife in emergency situations. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 4, 2008.
      • Amendment offered by Sen. Rodney Tom (Bellevue) (D) on March 4, 2008, requiring that any hunting of cougars with the aid of dogs must be done in response to documented depredation, public safety, or property protection complaints that have been verified as cougar related by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 4, 2008.
      • Amendment offered by Sen. Rodney Tom (Bellevue) (D) on March 4, 2008, to require the Department of Fish and Wildlife to submit a peer-reviewed report showing a reduction in human-cougar interactions as a direct result of hunting cougars with the aid of dogs and that the Commission approve the report before the Department can authorize any additional hunting seasons. The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on March 4, 2008.
  4. Passed 31 to 18 in the Senate on March 4, 2008.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on March 13, 2008.

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