Right to kill wolves before House panel

The right to kill wolves
Natural Resource News Note:

The wolf issue is expected to take center stage in an Oregon Legislative House Committee that plans to have a hearing on four wolf related bills.    Oregon Cattlemen’s Association President Bill Hoyt,  said to the Associated Press, “It appears that the political and cultural will of the state of Oregon is to have wolves, and we have no problem with that.  We don’t want to kill every wolf that walks. We simply want to get along as well as we can. But if there is a conflict, we need to be able to defend ourselves.”More on the bills can be found at the Klamath Falls Herald article.

Here are the four bills.

House Bill 3013: Directs State Fish and Wildlife Commission to establish wolf depredation compensation and cost-sharing program for purposes of compensating persons who suffer loss or injury due to wolf depredation and providing financial assistance to persons who implement livestock management techniques or nonlethal wolf control techniques designed to discourage wolf depredation of livestock. Creates Wolf Management Compensation and Proactive Trust Fund and continuously appropriates fund moneys for purpose of providing compensation and financial assistance under program. Appropriates moneys from General Fund for purposes of program. Declares emergency, effective on passage.  Read HB 3013.

House bill 3561
Directs State Fish and Wildlife Commission to update Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan to establish population objective of four breeding pairs of gray wolves for state. Specifies that when population objective is met, commission may not list gray wolf as threatened species or endangered species. House bill 3561

House Bill 3562
Provides that person may take gray wolf in certain situations.
Read House Bill 3562

House Bill 3563
Allows person to take gray wolf in certain situations without cause and without permit from State Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Read House Bill 3563

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