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TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: Lieu bill banning hunting dogs for bears, bobcats passes state Senate
May 22, 2012
The state Senate on Monday voted 22-15 to approve a South Bay lawmaker's bill to bar hunters from using dogs to pursue bears and bobcats.
Senate Bill 1221, authored by state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Redondo Beach and Democratic Senate President Darrel Steinberg, D-Sacramento, would not affect the use of dogs by bird hunters.
The dogs are usually equipped with radio collars when chasing bobcats and bears into exhaustion or up a tree, Lieu said. Hunters then track the dog's signal and shoot the bears and bobcats.
States that allow bear hunting but do not permit the use of dogs include Arkansas, Colorado, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, according to Lieu's office.
The measure now goes to the Assembly for consideration.
"The practice of hound hunting often leads to them being injured, lost or killed and their continued use runs counter to California's reputation as a humane state," Lieu said.
- Art Marroquin