SALEM Ė The Oregon Fish and Wildlife
Commission Thursday reviewed the draft
Oregon Cougar Management Plan from ODFW
wildlife managers at the Commissionís
regular monthly meeting in Salem .
The draft plan updates Oregon ís Cougar
Management Plan, which was last revised in
1993. The new draft was developed during the
past year with public and stakeholder input
that has included six public meetings, two
focus group meetings and more than 2,000
public comments from more than 1,000
Oregon ís cougar population is estimated
at more than 5,000 animals, and cougar
conflicts have increased during the past
decade. The updated plan includes an
adaptive management strategy that ensures an
abundant Oregon cougar population but also
proactively addresses cougar conflicts with
human populations, livestock and other big
Interested individuals can obtain a copy
of the draft plan on the ODFW Web site,
www.dfw.state.or.us. The Commission
currently is scheduled to consider adoption
of the plan at its Feb. 9 meeting in Salem .
ODFW welcomes comments on the draft
Cougar Management Plan. Comments may be
submitted via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org, or in-person at
public meetings. Written comments should be
sent to ODFW Cougar Plan, 3406 Cherry Ave.
NE , Salem , Or 97303, and submitted by 5
p.m. Feb. 8 to allow time for review and
distribution to the Commission. However, all
comments will be accepted until conclusion
of the cougar hearing Feb. 9.
The seven-member Commission is the
rulemaking body for fish and wildlife issues
in Oregon. The next regular Commission
meeting is Feb. 9-10 in Salem .