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Conservationists and ranchers will return to Salem on Tuesday to testify at hearings on five bills the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association asked legislators to introduce this session. Two of the bills would create a statewide compensation program for ranchers whose livestock is attacked and killed by wolves. The compensation bills are pretty much the only part of the package on which conservation groups and ranchers can agree. The other bills would loosen restrictions on ranchers’ ability to kill wolves legally and make it easier to take gray wolves off the state endangered species list. Ranchers say these measures are necessary to control the predators that attack their cows. Conservationists argue that these measures would undermine the state’s recently revised Wolf Management Plan.
Are you a rancher? Have wolves attacked your livestock? If you have strong feelings about protecting wolves, what helped shape your perspective?
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