Bobcat killing prompts Oregon legislative hearing

November 21, 2019

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Criticism over the killing last month of a juvenile bobcat last month after it entered a school in Eugene, Oregon, prompted a legislative hearing in Salem.

Wildlife advocates decried the “blunt-force” killing of the animal, a method that the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2013 guidelines say is only humane when the animal has a small or underdeveloped skull, and that they discourage using if any other option is available.

They said the cat should have been moved and re-released.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that an hour-long hearing Wednesday saw legislators question veterinarians, animal advocates and officials with Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife State Veterinarian Colin Gillin maintained that the bobcat was “humanely euthanized.”

Gillin also said that incidents like this happen all the time but rarely make news.