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Oregon Ranchers Want More Authority To Kill Wolves

AP | April 16, 2013 1:04 p.m. | Updated: April 16, 2013 2:48 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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Eastern Oregon ranchers are asking the Oregon Legislature for more authority to kill wolves that threaten their livestock.

Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Ranchers told a House committee Tuesday that their existing authority to kill wolves caught in the act of killing livestock isn’t enough. Three Eastern Oregon legislators have proposed allowing ranchers to kill any gray wolf they reasonably believe has attacked or harassed their livestock.

Conservationists worry that wolf populations would dwindle.

Both sides are planning meetings to work on a compromise. The House Environment and Natural Resources Committee took no action on the bill Tuesday.

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