OCA Wolf Legislation Talking Points

Main Point:  These bills will help you protect you and your family, your property and your livelihood.  Also, listed below are general wolf talking points and specific OCA legislation talking points for you to use.

General wolf talking points

  • The Canadian Gray Wolf was reintroduced as an experimental species with limited range and population objectives and now over populated in all areas and well beyond stated range objectives.
  • OCA asked the Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission to establish by rule the language in HB 3561 which could be included in the Oregon Wolf Management Plan, but they refused.
  • Presently, there are few options available to the livestock producer to protectthemselves, their property or their livelihood.
  • The OCA wolf bills will provide some immediate help in the form of compensation whether or not the wolf is delisted federally.
  • Once the wolf is delisted there will be even more tools available for the livestock producer to help combat wolf predation if the OCA bills are passed now.
  • The federal government should shoulder the burden of protecting life, property, and livelihood due to their reintroduction of the Canadian Gray Wolf, but we can’t wait for their decision so it is now important to add the OCA bills to the list of tools needed to help combat wolf predation in Oregon.
  • It is obvious, from all the reports from the wolf inhabited states, that we will need all the OCA proposed legislation and more to continue to manage the wolf in Oregon and protect life, property and livelihood.

HB 3560 (OCA sponsored)

Summary:

Directs  State  Board  of  Agriculture  to  establish  wolf  depredation  compensation  and  cost-sharing program  for  purposes  of  compensating  persons  who  suffer  loss  or  injury  due  to  wolf  depredation and providing  financial  assistance  to  persons  who  implement  livestock  management  techniques  or  non-lethal  wolf  control  techniques  designed  to  discourage  wolf  depredation  of  livestock.  Creates Wolf Management Compensation and Proactive Trust Fund.  Continuously  appropriates  fund  moneys  to State  Department  of  Agriculture  for  purpose  of  providing  compensation  and  financial  assistance under program.

Talking Points:

  • Compensation in Oregon will take place with the passage, implementation of and funding of HB 3560.
  • Compensation in Oregon will be organized and administered at the local level within county government according to locally established criteria.
  • Compensation protects the livestock producer’s livelihood and will really help the small livestock producers stay in business.
  • HB 3560 will allow compensation in wolf country for above normal losses on an annual basis.
  • The compensation fund will be available for federal, state, county and private donations.

HB 3561 (OCA sponsored)

Summary:

Directs  State  Fish  and  Wildlife  Commission  to  update  Oregon  Wolf  Conservation  and  Management  Plan  to  establish  population  objective  of  four  breeding  pairs  of  gray  wolves  for  the state of Oregon. Specifies that when population objective is met, commission may not list gray wolf as threatened species or endangered species.

Talking Points:

  • This is another needed tool to help control the population of breeding wolves which will help protect your life, property and livelihood.
  • The present Oregon Wolf Management Plan would allow the establishment of eight breeding pair, four on the east side and four on the west side, and four breeding pair statewide would be much more manageable.
  • It is important that the wolf not be listed on Oregon’s Endangered Species Act when four breeding pair are officially identified in Oregon by ODFW so that there are other wolf management tools available for the livestock owner and ODF&W immediately.
  • Controlling the population will be the biggest challenge for the managing agency and livestock producers; with four breeding pair we might have a chance to control the population.

HB 3562 (OCA sponsored)

Summary:

Provides that person may take gray wolf to protect one’s self oranother person.

Talking Points:

  • Taking a wolf to protect yourself or someone else, once established in Oregon law, will provide immediate legal protection in the event a person needs to take a wolf while protecting themselves or another person.
  • Most everyone has assumed there would be very little legal problem if a person was protecting themselves or another, but it is best to have it written in Oregon Law.

HB 3563 (OCA sponsored)

Summary:

Allows  person to take gray wolf, once delisted federally, within 500  feet of personal residence and without  permit  from State Fish and  Wildlife  Commission. Also included, a person can take a wolf without permit, from the commission, if the gray wolfis chasing, harassing, wounding or biting livestock, pets, working dogs or sporting dogs.

Talking Points:

  • Once the Gray wolf is delisted federally it will be necessary to be able to protect your property which is your home and your livestock, pets and working dogs, and other animals.
  • It is necessary to establish this in state statute, now, so that it won’t need to be done once there is a federal delisting.