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Oregon House votes to pay ranchers when wolves kill livestock

[large thumbnail url=”oregon-house-votes-to-pay-ranchers-when-wolves-kill-livestock” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”06″ day=”27″] [thumbnail icon url=”oregon-house-votes-to-pay-ranchers-when-wolves-kill-livestock” filename=”news” year=”2011″ month=”06″ day=”27″] SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon House unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to pay ranchers for livestock lost to wolves moving into the state.

The legislation had appeared dead, but was revived after ranchers, conservation groups, and the governor’s office spent three days in a closed room last week hammering out details of the $100,000 package widely deemed crucial to getting ranchers on board with restoring wolf packs that were bounty-hunted to extinction in Oregon in the early 20th century.

Chief sponsor Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, said it is a promising compromise between groups that started off far apart, but ultimately ranchers may have to be given broader rights to shoot wolves. Another bill will be introduced when lawmakers come back in February.

“I think it’s important that property owners be able to protect their property, and that’s definitely an item where we’ll keep up a discussion,” he said…

Read the entire article on therepublic.com: Oregon House votes to pay ranchers when wolves kill livestock, sends measure to Senate

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