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By Roger Harnack
Davenport Times 

Cougar tracking dogs


November 12, 2020

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

A cougar in a tree.

OLYMPIA - The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public input on new rules that would allow handlers and their dogs to train for cougar tracking.

The agency hires contract dog handlers to help track cougars involved in attacks on livestock and pets, or when cougars threaten the public. But under previous state laws, trackers were not allowed to train specifically for cougars.

The Legislature changed that law in 2018.

"We're seeking the public's feedback on this rule-making to ensure we can continue to meet the public safety needs of communities, while also outlining practices...

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