Outdoors

State extends cougar hunting project for another 3 years

Washington's Fish and Wildlife Commission has extended for another three years a pilot project authorizing cougar hunting with the aid of dogs in Chelan, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties and allow other counties to request inclusion in the project.

Amendments approved last week by the commission also allow the limited-entry hound hunts for cougars in Klickitat County beginning this year.

Other changes include reducing the annual cougar bag limit from two to one for all hound hunters, and reducing the total allowable harvest for the 2008-2009 winter season by 40 percent in Chelan, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties to stabilize the cougar population.

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