House passes bill tied to wolf legal settlement

Wolf-Safe State
FILE -- In this August 2012 file photo provided by Wolves of the Rockies, the Lamar Canyon wolf pack moves on a hillside in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. As the progeny of wolves reintroduced to Yellowstone and central Idaho in 1995 and 1996 spread across the West, an accidental experiment has developed. A temporary court order has made Oregon a wolf-safe zone, where wildlife agents are barred from killing wolves that attack livestock. Over the past year, the numbers of wolves has risen to 46 in Oregon, but livestock attacks have remained static. In neighboring Idaho, the number livestock attacks rose dramatically as the numbers of wolves killed by hunters and wildlife agents also increased. (AP Photo/Wolves of the Rockies, File)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon House has passed a bill that would put into law some of the terms of a legal settlement that lifts an injunction barring the state from killing wolves that attack livestock.

The bill (HB 3452) passed Thursday by a vote of 57-2, and now goes to the Senate.

Conservation groups reached the deal with the state and the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association last month. It will lift an injunction that has been in force more than a year.

The bill would give ranchers authority to shoot wolves seen attacking livestock, but only if the ranchers have taken non-lethal measures to keep wolves away, and wolf attacks have become chronic.

On Friday, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission takes up similar regulations covering when the state can kill wolves.

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