Beware of Wolf Attacks in Northeast Oregon!
Oregon lawmakers debating a bill to better compensate victims of wolf attacks.
Right now if your cow or sheep is killed by wolves you must notify the Fish & Wildlife folks to come out and confirm the kill. Then the state cuts you a check.
But for ranchers in the mountains, like Baker County in eastern Oregon, by the time they find a dead animal it's already a day or two old. By the time someone from the state makes it up to confirm the kill the carcass is long gone.
At least 77 wolves in 9 packs live in northeast Oregon. Normally a rancher can expect to lose one or two animals a year to wolves, but in 2013 one Baker County rancher lost 12 adult cows and 12 calves!
[SOURCE: East Oregonian]