Dog Owners to ODFW: Put a Leash On It!

As we reported earlier in the month, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently announced that they would be presenting changes to the rules and regulations regarding the raising of game birds and the training of hunting dogs. Well, dog owners in Northern Oregon were not pleased, and they made their voices heard!

Dog trainers and pheasant hunters are beginning to weigh in on ODFW's proposed rule changes. - Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Dog trainers and pheasant hunters are beginning to weigh in on ODFW's proposed rule changes. - Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

According to a report on OregonLive.com, more than three dozen dog trainers and bird raisers showed up at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas on Wednesday to voice their disapproval of the proposed changes. Their main objections had to do with the speed the rule change was being put into effect, the apparent lack of thought that went into the proposal, and the low daily release limit that the changes would require.

Currently, state law prohibits anyone from releasing wildlife, a term that includes domestically-raised pheasant, quail, and chukar. Almost all dog trainers and bird raisers ignore or are unaware of this law, and the new rule changes seek to remedy this. Those the law would affect, however, view the proposed changes as an rushed, extreme reaction to what is essentially a non-issue.

“We’ve had years and years of experience with the current system and absolutely no problems,” Cornelius veterinarian Bob Bullard told The Oregonian. “With just a little tweaking, it should be a model of how a free-market system works.”

Government officials claim the new rules are meant to help hunters, dog trainers and bird raisers, not hurt them. Public hearings will continue to be held until Dec. 6. For more information, read ODFW Announces Public Meetings On Revised Dogs and Raptor Rules.

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