Saving Wolves Saving Cougar, Oregon's Last Stand
PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION IN SUPPORT OF "License To Protect" OREGON'S RETURNING WOLVES AND DWINDLING COUGAR POPULATION FROM BAD POLICY MAKING, HUNTING PROGRAMS, AND KILLING THEM SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WERE SEEN!
There is a better plan to manage our wolves and cougar.
At the end of the day when all politics are done, Oregonians are the land ethic and moral responsibilities they choose to be to protect who we are and all that makes our State unique.
License To Protect would help revitalize rural Oregon economy and protect the Oregon we all love.
Representative Peter Buckley and Jayne Miller an Oregon cattle ranchers daughter who designed the Bill, were able to submit License To Protect at the State Legislative session last year. However the Agriculture Committee changed it so much that License To Protect was no longer recognizable as the original idea with unique benefits to Oregon.
From town hall meetings, to hunters, local ranchers, and urban Oregonians; the original concept of License To Protect has the promise of being very popular with Oregonians across the State. We are urging this Bill be reinstated in it's original format this upcoming Legislative session in February 2012.
License To Protect would create a new employer for Oregon Department Of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) by way of the non-hunting Oregonian (or any Oregonian) buying a nonlethal license for cougar or wolves at the same cost as a killing license; thus reducing the numbers of wolves and cougar killed. ODFW, The Federal Government Wildlife Agency, Oregon's Agriculture Department and any other agency involved with the killing of cougar and wolves; would be required to hold to the letter of the law License To Protect and not increase kill quotas in other Bills or policies in order to offset the number of cougar and wolves saved from death that LTP would achieve. Currently, there are more cougar and wolf killing Bills, policies, and programs from the above organizations that were established without an environmental impact risk factor study done or unbiased outside peer review performed, before thrusting them upon Oregon ecosystems and wildlife. These various Bills and programs from these departments have insured that there is no true protection for either cougar or wolves at this time. There are only 13 States left with cougar, fewer with wolves. Here in Oregon we have far less cougar than we are told, and even less wolves.
ALL funding from License To Protect would be strictly monitored. The funds from this Bill would then be used to provide open wildlife corridors, non-lethal livestock protection programs, wildlife public safety education, compensate livestock owners any documented loss from cougar or wolves, develop eco-business, and as proven in other State's small rural towns that have wolves; would encourage a larger year-round income from tourist predator wildlife watching than hunting them ever brought in. As well as the tourist income this Bill would encourage, the statistics show there are currently more non-hunting Oregonians (approx 3.8 million) and more wildlife watchers ( 1.7 million) than there are hunters (282,000), so the funds used in License To Protect life giving programs could be substantial.
The logistics of presenting License To Protect to the public can be as simple as a check box on their tax documents - right next to the wildlife funds that ultimately support hunting. Cougar and wolves would not only be the keystone species for better wildlife, but also a keystone bridging the gap between rural needs and urban understanding of them.
License To Protect will generate money and a good reputation for Oregon, saving our small population of returning wolves and dwindling cougar numbers from sports hunting, poaching and killing them simply because they were seen.
But most of all License To Protect gives every Oregonian an opportunity to be an overseer to our great natural predators and connects every Oregonian to good land ethics. The cougar and wolves thank you and so do the ecosystems they sustain for us all.
Thank you for signing our petition requesting License To Protect become a Bill at the next Oregon State Legislative Session.
Visit www.OreCat.org to learn more about the background of License To Protect.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION IN SUPPORT OF "License To Protect" OREGON'S RETURNING WOLVES AND DWINDLING COUGAR POPULATION FROM BAD POLICY MAKING, HUNTING PROGRAMS,AND KILLING THEM SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WERE SEEN! Sign PetitionSign Petition
License To Protect builds a higher value for cougar and wolves and would help revitalize rural Oregon economy and protect the Oregon we all love.
License To Protect is not only supported by sound science, but by common sense. Only 13 States have cougar, less have wolves. Lets stop killing them now before they are all gone!