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Cougar population is double state's management goals, crowd told


October 31, 2018

REP. SHERRIE SPRENGER, right, leads a town hall of mostly area residents who gathered at the Sweet Home Boys & Girls Club last week to discuss the challenges of the growing population of cougars in Oregon.

Officials from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife told an audience of around 170 people last week that the tools currently available are making cougar management difficult, resulting in a statewide population that is more than twice the agency's target number.

Rep. Sherrie Sprenger hosted a town hall Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Jim Riggs Community Center to hear opinions and questions from the public and provide answers from officials on the topic. Controlling cougar populations as they encroach on urban areas, like Sweet Home, has remained one of Sprenger's ongoing goals in the legi...

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