Governor Kitzhaber released the following statement after Senate passage of HB 3560, The Livestock Compensation and Wolf Co-Existence Act.
"The Livestock Compensation and Wolf Co-Existence Act represents an historic agreement between livestock growers, rural communities, and wildlife conservationists. I applaud the hard work and good will demonstrated by Oregon Cattlemen's Association, Oregon Farm Bureau, Defenders of Wildlife, Hells Canyon Preservation Council, state and local agencies, and the Legislature in finding an equitable solution. Today, Oregonians have once more demonstrated the tremendous potential we have to solve tough issues if we do it together."
The Livestock Compensation and Wolf Co-Existence Act is the first of its kind in the United States. It establishes precedents that go beyond what other states have done related to livestock compensation by authorizing local, county-led programs to address compensation for and deterrence of livestock losses, guaranteeing funding for non-lethal techniques to deter wolves from killing livestock, and conditioning compensation in areas of known wolf activity on attempts to use wolf deterrence techniques. The Act also intentionally brings together the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), which handles agricultural matters, such as livestock, together with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), which has jurisdiction over wildlife management. ODA will manage the distribution of funds to counties while ODFW will determine whether a livestock kill was caused by wolves or other factors.