Cougar-hunting bill still faces opposition

A bill to extend a pilot program allowing the use of hounds to hunt cougars is facing stiffer opposition than when it passed through its original committee; Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, has raised concerns over the validity of the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s assertion that hound-hunting is necessary to reduce cougar complaints, and wants the department to undergo an outside peer review process to ensure that its science is sound.

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