Agreement reached on Wolf Bill

Legislature & Stakeholders Agree On Wolf Compensation Bill
By Oregon Farm Bureau

Legislative Leadership moved HB 3650 to the Full Ways & Means Committee. HB 3650 was carefully negotiated by Farm Bureau, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, Defenders of Wildlife and the Governor’s Office.

The Legislation creates a wolf compensation fund at the Department of Agriculture, which will be administered in partnership with counties. Counties wanting to participate will appoint an advisory committee and match 10% of the funds granted in their county. The advisory committee will make recommendations for compensation of killed or injured livestock and working dogs. The fund will additionally compensate for non lethal determent techniques. $100,000 was allocated for the fund.

The legislation is expected to move smoothly through the last days of session. For several years, Farm Bureau has been working towards the establishment of a wolf compensation fund and we are pleased with agreements made around this bill.

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