Ranchers have steps to protect herd as bill passes Oregon Senate

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A bill approved Thursday by the state Senate will give Oregon livestock producers the ability to protect herds from predatory wolves.

Ranchers, animal welfare advocates and the state worked together on the bill. Ranchers sought to protect cattle from wolf attacks while advocates wanted to protect the endangered species as it continues to grow in the state.

The Daily Journal reports the bill unanimously passed by a vote of 30-0 and Gov. John Kitzhaber is expected to approve the bill as soon as the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approves other provisions of a settlement between conservation groups and cattle ranchers.

The settlement, included as part of the bill, replaces a 2005 rulebook on wolf management. Prior to the settlement cattle producers were unable to kill wolves attacking their animals. The settlement gives ranchers nonlethal tactics to protect their herd, but have the ability to shoot wolves as a last resort.

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44026  |  June, 28, 2013 at 06:32 AM

I am glad that ranchers are able to protect their herds; they deserve this right. I am not sure what non-lethal tactics are available. Having the "ability" to shoot wolves as a last resort is not the correct word, having the "authority" to shoot is better as I am sure every rancher has the "ability" but until now was not permitted. We need/must return rights to the people.

Wyoming  |  June, 28, 2013 at 08:39 AM

How can thousands of animals that reproduce in liters of 4-8 every spring possibly be considered "endangered"? If we don't wake up and provide protection for our food producers, hunger in the country will be a huge problem that cannot be solved by food stamps....unless we start eating the food stamps.


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