Klickitat County Sherriff Songer has taken it upon himself to authorize hound hunting (and killing) of cougars here. A total of 27 cougars had been killed by the end of July 2021, so this averages out to over one cougar kill per month for two years. A full
70% of the cougars that have been killed under the sheriff's program were dispatched simply for having been seen, or for killing deer.
If the average hunter harvest from 2017-2019 is applied to the past 24 months, at least 43 cougars are likely to have been killed in Klickitat County over two years, and this is not counting killings that go unreported. The stable adult population of the county was estimated by WDFW to be no more than 50 in 2016. 43 would be equivalent to 86% of a maximum resident cougar population.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss the cougar situation in Klickitat County at their meeting on Thursday, December 2. No public input then, but open public input on Friday, December 3, starting around 8:30 AM. To speak at that meeting you have to preregister. Here's the info for the committee meeting.
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - Committee Meetings
Wildlife Committee Meeting – Commissioners Thorburn, Smith, Anderson, Linville
Location: Zoom Link (https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82711306535)
Join by telephone: 1-253-215-8782 or 1-888-475-4499 (Toll Free) Webinar ID: 827-1130-6535
- Blue Mountains Elk Herd At-Risk Assessment
- Klickitat County Cougars Update
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