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Wolf Debate Carries On


Crook County’s Wolf Compensation Committee met Wednesday to come up with plans for next year's state funds.

 

The group wants to apply for state funds that would allow ranchers to dispose of their bone piles that may attract wolves.

 

County Commisioner Seth Crawford.  “We're kicking around applying for money for ranchers to cover up bone piles because that's an attractant to wolves.  But there's only $26,000 for the whole state. So we have to decide if the money would be better spent given to other areas harder hit by the wolves.”

 

Wallowa and Baker Counties near the Idaho border are seeing a lot of wolves killing livestock there.

 

Currently there haven't been any confirmed wolf kills lives in Crook County, but the county is trying to keep it that way.

 

Meanwhile, a committee of interested residents is looking into applying for state funds again to prevent wolves from killing their livestock. 

 

Committee member Chris Gannon says:  “I think it's really important, there's not a lot of wolf kills, but like the Boy Scouts we have to get prepared.  We need to start planning.  It's not happening now, but it will.  They'll start taking down our stock and that's not a good situation for us.”

 

Last year, Crook County got  $1200 to try non lethal methods of deterring wolves.

 

The committee is looking at applying for funds to get rid of bone piles on ranches that often attract wolves.


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