Hunting, Angling and Trapping Regulations

ORS 498.166
Bears or cougars posing threat to human safety


Notwithstanding the licensing and tag requirements of ORS 497.102 (Hunting licenses and permits), 497.112 (Hunting tags), 497.127 (Youth licenses) and 497.132 (Combined licenses for residents), a person may take a cougar or bear that poses a threat to human safety.


Any person who takes a cougar or bear pursuant to subsection (1) of this section shall immediately report the taking to a person authorized to enforce the wildlife laws and shall dispose of the animal in such manner as the State Fish and Wildlife Commission directs.


Any regional office of the State Department of Fish and Wildlife ordering the disposal of an animal under subsection (2) of this section shall file a report with the State Fish and Wildlife Director within 30 days after the disposal. The report shall include but need not be limited to the disposition of the animal, the events leading to the taking of the animal and any injury caused by the animal to humans or domesticated animals. The director shall compile all reports received under this subsection on a bimonthly basis. The reports compiled by the director shall be available to the public upon request.


As used in this section:


“Structure” includes a building being used as a residence, a building located on land actively used for agricultural, timber management, ranching or construction purposes or a building used as part of a business.


“Threat to human safety” means the exhibition by a cougar or bear of one or more of the following behaviors:


Aggressive actions directed toward a person or persons, including but not limited to charging, false charging, growling, teeth popping and snarling.


Breaking into, or attempting to break into, a residence.


Attacking a pet or domestic animal as defined in ORS 167.310 (Definitions for ORS 167.310 to 167.351).


Loss of wariness of humans, displayed through repeated sightings of the animal during the day near a permanent structure, permanent corral or mobile dwelling used by humans at an agricultural, timber management, ranching or construction site. [2001 c.431 §2; 2015 c.779 §50]
Note: 498.166 (Bears or cougars posing threat to human safety) was added to and made a part of the wildlife laws by legislative action but was not added to ORS chapter 498 or any series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
Chapter 498

Notes of Decisions

Sufficiency of uniform game citation is governed by [former] ORS 153.720, not by statutes applicable to indictments. State v. Herrera, 152 Or App 22, 952 P2d 566 (1998)


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