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HB 3514 helps ranchers with wolf attacks

May 4, 2015 --

oca-cattlemen-assocBy Oregon Cattlemen Association

Over the past few years, ranchers have had little hope of being fully compensated for the impact of reintroducing wolves into Oregon. HB3514, a bill that is currently awaiting a hearing from the revenue committee, could help change that.

HB3514 is a bill that, “expands credit to include cost of nonlethal actions undertaken by tax payer to minimize conflict between wolves and livestock or working dogs and compensation for above-normal loss to livestock attributed to wolf depredation.”

Rancher George Rollins from Halfway, Oregon said the impact of wolves on his cattle is twofold. He said there is an economic impact from losing calves and seeing cows unable to reproduce due to stress, but that is not all. “There is an emotional impact when we turn out cattle and have to wonder which animals will return,” Rollins said.

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