Internal Services and Consumer Protection

After a lone gray wolf from Idaho’s experimental population entered Oregon back in 1999, gray wolves have continued to disperse into Oregon from Idaho and have established breeding populations. Livestock producers have been affected financially due to direct losses of livestock from wolf depredations.​

House Bill (HB) 3560 went into effect in 2011, which directed the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to establish and implement a wolf depredation compensation and financial assistance grant program. Funds from this grant program are awarded to counties to help create and implement county wolf depredation compensation programs under which:

  • 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.
  • Awards are paid to counties with a wolf depredation compensation program to help with implementation and administrative costs.

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. 

​​​Resources

OAR 603-019: Wolf depredation compensation and financial assistance grant program

OAR 603 Division 19: Wolf depredation compensation and financial assistance

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODF&W) - Wolves in Oregon

503-947-6000
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem OR 97302 ODF&W wolves in Oregon webpage

Oregon Legislature - House Bill 3560 (2011)

Oregon Legislature - House Bill 3560

Oregon Revised Statute 610: Predatory Animals

ORS 610: Predatory Animals

Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report

Oregon Wolf Population website

Wolf Conservation and Management Plan

Website

Wolf Depredation Compensation & Financial Assistance handout (2018)

Information on wolf depredation compensation

Wolf Depredation Compensation and Financial Assistance Grant Program application

Wolf Compensation Application Document

Wolf grant award data

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Contact

Jason Barber
Director of Internal Services and Consumer Protection
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4767