The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife continues to roll out the proposed update to the state's cougar management plan at a series of public meetings being held throughout the state the remainder of August.

Each meeting begins with a presentation by ODFW staff about the history of cougars and cougar management in the state, current issues surrounding cougars, and aspects of the draft management plan. After the presentation, attendees are invited to ask questions and voice comments about the updated plan, and discuss general concerns about cougar management in Oregon .

"The goal of updating the state's cougar management plan is to sustain a healthy and robust cougar population in Oregon in a way that protects human safety and minimizes harm to pets, livestock and other wildlife populations," said Ron Anglin, ODFW Wildlife Division administrator. "These meetings are designed to give people the opportunity to make their concerns heard."

ODFW is the agency charged with developing and implementing management plans for the state's wildlife species. The first cougar management plan was developed in 1987 and updated in 1993, noted Anglin.

A copy of the proposed new plan can be found on ODFW's Web site at (www.dfw.state.or.us).

The remaining public meetings to discuss the draft plan take place at the following dates and locations. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. and last until 9 p.m.

• Monday, Aug. 22, Portland : World Forestry Center Miller Hall, 4033 SW Canyon Rd.

• Tuesday, Aug. 23, La Grande: Blue Mountain Conference Center , 404 12 th St .

• Wednesday, Aug. 24, Burns: Burns Senior Center , 17 S. Alder Ave.

• Thursday, Aug. 25, Bend: National Guard Armory, 875 SW Simpson Ave.

• Monday, Aug. 29, Roseburg : Umpqua Community College Jacoby Auditorium, 1140 College Rd.

• Tuesday, Aug. 30, Medford : Jackson County Courthouse Auditorium, 10 S. Oakdale Ave.

• Wednesday, Aug. 31, Klamath Falls: Oregon State University Extension Auditorium, 3328 Vandenberg Rd.

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