FRESNO, Calif. -- A decades-old fight is brewing again over legislation to ban the use of dog packs to chase bears and bobcats up trees so a hunter can kill them.
The latest measure, scheduled for a Senate committee hearing next week, comes after the state's top fish and game official was criticized this year for a hound-hunting trip Idaho.
Dan Richards shot a mountain lion that had been chased up a tree.
A photo of him with the dead cougar was printed in a hunting publication.
Many were outraged because mountain lions are a protected species in California, but Richards maintained that he violated no hunting laws in Idaho.
Opponents of dog packs for hunting say the practice is unsportsmanlike because the targeted animal has little chance of eluding the hunter no matter how far it runs.