So far, the 2013 Oregon legislative session has been friendly to animals and their defenders. That's left rural interests and hunters unhappy.
The Legislature has refused to allow cougars to be hunted with hounds.
A bill with good prospects would allow wolves to be shot only if they are caught eating livestock or can be proved to be chasing and killing livestock.
A bill to bar horse-tripping rodeo events has bipartisan backing. A bill to regulate dog tethering remains alive.
Scott Beckstead of the Humane Society of the United States tells the Oregonian lawmakers are restoring balance that had tipped to sport and agriculture interests.
Morgan Olson of the La Grande chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association says rural residents feel they're being governed by the cities.