Wallowa County has received $29,195 from the Oregon Department of Agriculture to be used for implementing livestock management techniques or nonlethal wolf deterrent techniques designed to discourage interactions between wolves and livestock.
Half of the funding comes from two federal prevention grants with the state providing the other 50 percent through the Supplemental Prevention Grant process.
Umatilla, Jackson,and Morrow also received funds under the program. Wallowa, Umatilla, and Jackson have a recent history of wolf depredation.
The supplemental funds are in addition to $184,039 awarded in May to 10 counties, including the four receiving the new funds, through the state’s Wolf Depredation Compensation and Financial Assistance County Block Grant Program. Most of the state funds –– 70 percent –– are directed towards nonlethal efforts to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock.
Among those are barriers, human presence, livestock protection dogs and other guarding animals, alarm or scare devices, hazing or harassment and experimental practices such as bio-fencing and belling cattle.