Washington governor overturns plan to expand cougar hunting

Washington Governor Inslee talks to reporters about ongoing recovery operations for the Oso mudslide, at the Arlington Municipal Airport in ArlingtonBy Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) – Washington's governor has overturned a decision by wildlife managers to expand cougar hunting in the Pacific Northwest state, siding with animal rights advocates seeking to protect the solitary felines. In a letter to a prominent animal rights group, Governor Jay Inslee said the Department of Fish and Wildlife abused its power and violated state law by imposing a last-minute, substantial rule change without providing an adequate forum for public input. "Transparency and openness in state government are essential in order to maintain the trust of the public," he wrote to the Humane Society of the United States this week.

October 21, 2015 9:42 pm

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