Program Compensates Ranchers For Losses

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Agriculture says $100,000 of Oregon tax payers money is going to good use. A grant program will compensate ranchers for losses from the wolf population.

Over about the last two years, counties have doled out money to ranchers who have lost livestock because of wolf attacks.

As of this month, ODFW has confirmed a total of 64 livestock or domestic animals killed or injured by wolves in Oregon since wolves began returning to the state in the late 1990s.

Governor Kitzhaber has recommending the funding for the next biennium.