It would be a good time to send some emails, if you're interested in the subject. From OHA email: Cougar Bills Are Up For A Hearing! Tuesday February 17th 2015 at 8am Hearing Room D Oregon State Capitol 900 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon Here are two ways you can comment Attend and testify Send emails to committee members This coming Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 there will be two cougar bills up before the House Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee in Hearing Room D at 8am in the State Capitol in Salem located at 900 Court Street NE. These two identical cougar bills will be heard: HB 2050 - this bill provides that a county is exempt from applicability of the statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve a county measure proposed by initiative petition or referred to people by governing body of county. HB 2181 – this bill provides that a county is exempt from applicability of statute banning use of dogs to hunt or pursue cougars if voters approve a county measure proposed by initiative petition or referred to people by governing body of county. If You Would Like To Email the Committee Members in Support Of These Two Bills In the subject line of the email use the words: “Please support HB 2050 and HB 2181”. State that you are a member of OHA. Make your email original and stress just one or two points. Do Not Use A Form Email. Please Make It Your Own. DO NOT SEND EMAILS TO COMMITTEE MEMBERS AFTER 5PM MONDAY FEBRUARY 16TH. Below is a list of the committee members and their email addresses. House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Membership Chair - Rep. Brad Witt - Democrat - District 31 – Clatskanie - Rep.BradWitt@state.or.us Co-Vice Chair - Rep. Susan McLain - Democrat - District 29 – Hillsboro - firstname.lastname@example.org Co-Vice Chair –Rep. Wayne Krieger - Republican - District 1 - Gold Beach - Rep.WayneKrieger@state.or.us Rep. Greg Barreto - Republican - District 58 – Cove -email@example.com Rep. Sal Esquivel - Republican - District 6 – Medford - Rep.SalEsquivel@state.or.us Rep. Lew Frederick - Democrat - District 43 – Portland - Rep.LewFrederick@state.or.us Rep. Chris Gorsek - Democrat - District 49 – Troutdale - Rep.ChrisGorsek@state.or.us Rep. Caddy McKeown - Democrat - District 09 - Coos Bay - Rep.CaddyMcKeown@state.or.us Rep. Gail Whitsett - Republican - District 56 - Klamath Falls - Rep.GailWhitsett@state.or.us If You Would Like To Testify On These Two Bills please keep your testimony under three minutes and make sure to stress your points clearly. You may want to incorporate some of these points in your testimony: Our state’s deer and elk harvest has dropped in half since Measure 18 passed, and understandably, license and tags sales are declining due to dwindling opportunity. This is a major detriment to ODFW funding and the economy of communities that depend on the influx of hunters in the fall. Cougar attacks on pets and livestock have increased exponentially since Measure 18 passed. In the past twenty years since the passage of Measure 18 more cougars are appearing in our local neighborhoods and public safety has become an issue. Please wear OHA apparel and please be courteous to all in attendance. If you want to attend the hearing but not testify please do so. Wear OHA apparel and remember to be courteous to all in attendance. OHA THANKS YOU FOR STEPPING UP WHEN YOUR HELP MATTERS MOST!