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Oregon legislators evaluate new wolf bills

[large thumbnail url=”oregon-legislators-evaluate-new-wolf-bills” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”28″] [thumbnail icon url=”oregon-legislators-evaluate-new-wolf-bills” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”03″ day=”28″] Oregon legislators have two new wolf bills to consider. One which would compensate ranchers and other for losses due to wolves, the other which seems to confirm situations where someone can “take” a wolf.

Oregon House Bill 3013 proposes the establishment of a wolf depredation compensation and cost-sharing program which would compensate those who suffer loss or injury due to wolf depredation.

It also seeks to provide financial assistance for those who wish to implement livestock management techniques or other nonlethal wolf control techniques designed to discourage wolf depredation.

House BillĀ 3013 was introduced by Oregon state house representative Greg Smith. Public hearings are scheduled for Wednesday, March 30th.

The other wolf bill heading to the floor is House Bill 3562 which simply states:

“A person may take a gray wolf in defense of the person’s own life or the life or another person”

It seems odd that there is a bill for this considering that the Endangered Species Act already has a provision for self defense.

This bill was also sponsored by Greg Smith, and co-sponsored by a whole list of representatives.

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