Out & About, Sept. 12

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Wildlife officers removecougars in Carson

CARSON -- State wildlife officers have removed three cougars from a single location in Carson in the past month.

"They were all young animals, but unfortunately attacked livestock and farm animals and were lingering too close to residences,'' said Sgt. Jeff Wickersham of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Officers Tim Meyers and Gary Orr removed two cougars with the help of a houndsman in a single day, then Meyers and the houndsman killed another shortly thereafter.

"This is the same scenario we see with young cougars,'' Wickersham said. "They are outcompeted by more mature animals and are forced to live in more dangerous areas. After becoming accustomed to attacking and killing livestock and pets at the rural-urban interface, the situation can escalate and interaction with humans could occur. Obviously, we don't want the conflict to escalate to this point.''

Tickets available for CCA's Vancouver banquet

Tickets are available for the sixth annual banquet and auction of the Coastal Conservation Association on Sept. 21 at the Red Lion at the Quay.

Among the auction items will be firearms, fishing equipment, jewelry, purses and more than 20 guided trips including three tuna trips and a duck-hunting adventure with legendary fishing rod manufacturer Gary Loomis.

Tickets are $75 for singles and $140 for couples. They are available online at www.ccawashington.org/swwa.

Proceeds are used for fishery conservation efforts in Washington.

Youth pheasant hunts cheduled Sept. 20-21

The annual youth pheasant hunt in the Vancouver Lake lowlands will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 21 and 22.

Hunters age 15 and younger with appropriate licenses will get a chance to shoot pheasants released at the state's Vancouver Lake and Shillapoo wildlife areas.

Youth without dogs will be paired with an experienced hunter and dog. Only steel-shot shotguns shells may be used.

Pheasants Forever will operate the Shillapoo site, which is about a half-mile north of Frenchmen's Bar Park on Lower River Road. The Vancouver Wildlife League will operate the Vancouver Lake site, which in at the end of LaFrambois Road.

For more information, call Larry Snyder at 360-695-9021 or Cody Steinmann at 360-991-8920.

Power squadron to offer boating safety classes

Three boating skills classes are being offered this fall and winter by the Fort Vancouver Sail and Power Squadron.

Seamanship will be taught beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Cascades Presbyerian Church, 9503 N.E. 86th St. The price is $67 for squadron members and $167 for others.

New members pay $129. A $20 discount is available if registered by Sept. 22. The class will cover boat operation, knots and rules of the road.

A course on piloting will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at 855 N.E. Tomahawk Island Drive in Portland. The 10-week session is about coastal navigation and use of global positioning satellite data. The cost is $116 for members, $178 for new members and $216 for others.

A $20 discount is given for registration by Sept. 22.

Advanced piloting will be offered beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at 855 N.E. Tomahawk Island Drive. The class is a continuation of the piloting class and costs $67 to $85. The new member price is $147 and $190 for nonmembers.

To register, go online to www.fvsps.org/classes.htm.

Auction at banquet for waterfowl association

Shotguns, blinds, waterfowl decoys, guided hunts and more will be auctioned and raffled Saturday at the annual banquet of the Lower Columbia chapter of the Washington Waterfowl Association.

The event begins at 5:30 a.m. at Club Green Meadows, 7703 NE 72nd Ave.

Tickets are available by calling Doug Hargin at 360-903-6951. Tickets cost $35 per individual or $65 for a couple.

The event is designed for families and include a free raffle open only to youth.

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