The April 30, 1953 edition of The Argus-Observer reported the pheasant population in Malheur County was threatened by free running pet dogs according to the state game commission.
This could limit the success of hunters during the fall hunting season, the commission suggested.
A game commission report noted that during the spring nesting season the dogs disturb the nesting hens and destroy their nests.
Some 65 percent of the cock pheasants downed by hunters in the fall are birds that were born the previous spring, the report added.
The commission asked that pet owners keep their dogs under control during this critical time of year for production of young birds.