EDITOR: On July 24, Mr. Bill Karr wrote a wonderful article in the editorial section of “My Turn” recognizing the benefits of using the longtime, traditional hound in pursuit of wild game, namely the bear. Thank you Bill for your common sense approach and reasonable aspect of the one and only “non-consumptive” form of hunting I know of. That is to say, we hound hunters can indeed safely capture game for the purpose of careful analysis and decide to either take it or let it go for a number of reasons.
As Bill pointed out, when the Department of Fish and Game recently needed to locate a specific Mountain Lion in the Grass Valley area, they called upon houndsmen. When county trappers search for problem predators on your property, they call upon houndsmen. When law enforcement sets out to track down elusive criminals on the run, they call a houndsman.
If we start eliminating hunting with hounds, all history and tradition that has allowed us to harness the olfactory abilities of this astonishing breed will be all for nothing. It will ultimately negatively affect hound use in police work, Search and Rescue, Body Recovery, etc. Those of you possessing breeds meant to hunt, (Labs, pointers, retrievers, terriers to name just a few) may have to say goodbye to your pets forever. Sounds crazy? This is the extremists’ favorite tactic: Attack one small chunk at a time.
The purpose of my letter is to support Bill’s comments, reveal the irrational thinking of the Humane Society of the U.S. and convince you to take an educated look at SB 1221 while encouraging others to Oppose SB 1221.