It matters enormously in all small ways, what we say or what we do. We are all connected.
Oregon’s State Legislature has a crucial role not just to Oregonians, but to the world and our climate change crisis. It is time to recognize that our cougar and our wolves matter in the quality of our lives and that of the world. It is time for us to set aside failed policies, and create new policies to manage our cougar and our wolves that are based on sound science, an accurate cougar model population count, and reflects their crucial role in climate change. We must create policies that improve our Apex predators welfare, the world is depending on us. At a time of critical climate change world wide, it makes no sense to manage Oregon’s Apex predators to the levels of genetic extinction.
It was Tom McCall’s dream to keep Oregon wild. He had this unique vision, intuition, deep ecology and sense of conservation that was years ahead of his time. He saw Oregon’s one true wealth being that of our conservation policies and programs. Not in the cutting of the trees, or the killing of our wildlife, but in the protection of them. Little did he know Oregon’s conservation efforts would be called upon to contribute such a critical role in the lives of millions around the world during the crisis of climate change.
And we must do much more. Practiced by most of the Democratic world are the International "Five Freedoms Of Animals Rights." These rights includes wildlife rights, "The Duty Of Care," which involves International poaching and National policy making. To stay current on our global climate crises, the United States needs to heed and join this movement. Oregon can take the lead. We have always been good at that!
Oregon is part of the world’s toughest issues; food security, water scarcity, poverty, and climate change. Oregon’s Apex predators play a critical role regarding issues of climate change world wide. No longer are they just Oregon’s wildlife, they are now part of a larger solution for navigating a resilient response to climate change. How we treat our Apex predators is now a local priority and global concern.
Governor Tom McCall's footprints are large to fill, and his steps were broad. But because I feel responsible for my share of the mess our world is in, I will follow in Governor McCall's steps and press on to save Oregon’s cougar and Oregon’s wolves.
Cougar kittens are sadly all too often sold on the Wildlife Black Markets as pets or used as bait to train hound dogs to hunt cougar. Or raised and released during State Legislature periods near schools to promote fear and the false impression of a cougar population explosion.
Cougars do not see as humans see. Their eyes focus like fuzzy pixels.
Cougars see better at night than humans can see.
They rely on their ability to smell rather than to see.
Cougars open their mouths in order to enhance their ability to smell. It looks scary when they do this because it shows all their impressive teeth!
Cougars chirp, purr, growl, and scream, but do not roar!
Cougars are cowards and will leave you alone if you do not run or bend over but instead make yourself look large by holding your arms out with your coat extended on them, or blow a whistle.
As quoted by Dr. Wielgus: Young cougar dispersing from their mothers are not the cause of human conflict. Young cougars who have been orphaned have conflict issues with livestock and humans. The more cougar that are killed by humans, the more conflict issues arise. Leaving the cougars alone creates less conflict.
Stop the Killing (WARNING, NOT FOR CHILDREN! Shows a hound hunter killing a cougar):
Defenders of Wildlife offer a free 26 page book you can paste the link and download. This link talks about living with wolves, but the same practices and concepts apply to cougars - of which we have more of! "Livestock and Wolves: A Guide to NonLethal Tools and Methods to Reduce Conflicts."
...because when cougars start to claw your furniture they end up living in boxed in areas in sheds or garages. This is no life for any large cat. Often the the cougars teeth are pulled as well as their claws.
Oregon Cougar Action Team is dedicated to the preservation of Oregon's cougar and wolves and the ecosystems they sustain. We promote education in our communities. Honest and humane sound science behind Oregon's Cougar Management plans and
policy making. We are also strong supporters of M18 and future cougar and wolf protection policies.
What you can do!
Donate today and help protect Oregon's cougar! They are YOUR cats who live in YOUR wilderness! Take charge and save their lives!
No minimum gift is required to become a member of Oregon Cougar Action Team. It's simple. Just make the donation you can afford using any of the following methods.
1. Mail your check to: Oregon Cougar Action Team, PO Box 2682, Corvallis, OR 97339
What your donation will do:
Your donation will support classroom and public presentations on cougar biology and how to safely co-exist with them.
Your donations cover the operating costs, educational linking and research that is reflected on this website. Included are the website expenses and all the safety literature and links that can be downloaded and used by schools and the public - all for free - 24/7 seven days a week. We look for the facts and make sure you can have this information!
Our board members and director are all volunteers. Your donations cover the costs for our Director to attend State Legislature hearings where she is able to promote humane bills, help defeat hound hunting cougar killing bills, and be the voice for Oregon's cougar. We are 100% cougars and all our attention is directed to their concerns.
Oregon's cougar are your cougar and they need your help! Please donate today!
Oregon Cougar members and staff are humbled....
The Zuniga Forbes Family Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation Grant awarded to OreCat
Weary after the long battle educating the Legislatures about our cougars and why we must not kill them for sport or with hounds; I was overcome with joy and humbled to receive a grant for Oregon Cougar Action Team from the Zuniga Forbes Family Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation. On the behalf of Oregon Cougar Action Team and all our members, I thank the Zuniga Forbes Family Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation from the very bottom of my heart to the Heavens above. Oregon Cougar Action Team will use this grant to further promote a safe wilderness for Oregonians, their children and our wildlife by protecting our cougar and working to insure ODFW has a better plan to manage our cougar. A plan that is safe, humane, honest and based on sound science! Thank you and forward we go!