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Wolf compensation rule
With the return of gray wolves to Oregon, conflicts with livestock and working dogs have occurred. The ranching and farming industry are important components of the Oregon economy. As in other western states with wolf populations, some livestock producers will be affected financially due to direct losses of livestock from wolf depredations.
On June 24, 2011, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 3560, which directed the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to establish and implement a wolf depredation compensation and financial assistance grant program, using moneys in the Wolf Management Compensation and Proactive Trust Fund, to provide grants implement county wolf depredation compensation programs:
  • Compensation is paid to persons who suffer loss or injury to livestock or working dogs due to wolf depredation.
  • Financial assistance is provided to persons who implement livestock management techniques or nonlethal wolf deterrence techniques designed to discourage wolf depredation of livestock.
  • The bill appropriated $100,000 of the state General Fund to implement the grant program.

ODA's wolf depredation compensation and financial assistance grant program complements and supports Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Wolf Conservation and Management Plan in the area of developing and maintaining a cooperative livestock producer assistance program that proactively minimizes wolf-livestock conflict and assists livestock producers experiencing wolf-related livestock losses.

Permanent wolf compensation and financial assistance rule
Permanent rule text.
County Block Grant Program Application 2013
Wolf Depredation Compensation and Financial Assistance Grant Program Application
Where can I get more information?
If you have questions please contact

    Jason Barber
    Oregon Department of Agriculture
    635 Capitol St. NE
    Salem OR 97301