SALEM — After a nearly two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, a state rule that requires bear and cougar hunters who harvest an animal to have it checked at an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) office is back in effect as of Saturday, March 19.

The rule, which dates back many years, requires successful cougar and bear hunters to bring certain parts of the animal to an ODFW office within 10 days of harvest. The requirement was suspended during the pandemic, as ODFW offices were closed to the public.

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