27 Jun '11, 3pm

Oregon Legislators Vote To Protect Both Wolves & Livestock : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Oregon Legislators Vote To Protect Both Wolves & Livestock : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

The Republic sums up the compensation/conservation package: House Bill 3560 would direct the Oregon Department of Agriculture to establish and implement a wolf depredation fund providing $100,000 to be used for grants to counties dealing with wolf issues. Most of the money would go to paying ranchers, included cases where wolves are not proven responsible. Some would pay for non-lethal protection measures, such as range riders. Defenders of Wildlife , which has run its own wolf compensation fund in the northern Rockies, calls the legislation "one of the most innovative livestock loss compensation and prevention programs" in the United States. Defenders' Suzanne Stone provides context:
 "With fewer than two dozen wolves on the ground in Oregon , it's essential that we pursue all opportunities to maximize their chances of survival. That includes finding better ways for wolve...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/oregon-legislator...

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