8 E. Ore. counties to divide $82K for wolf effects

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ENTERPRISE, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Agriculture Department says eight eastern Oregon counties are dividing more than $82,000 for wolf damage to livestock and prevention efforts.

Department spokesman Bruce Pokarney says Wallowa, Union, Baker and Umatilla counties are receiving 86 percent of the money appropriated by the Legislature.

The Oregonian reports that (http://is.gd/pl7y9W ) Wallowa is the only one of the eight counties to experience actual livestock deaths or injuries due to wolves. It has been awarded more than $13,000 to compensate ranchers. Pokarney says Wallowa County also received $25,000 for prevention.

In all, $66,500 from the block grant program will pay for non-lethal efforts, including such things as attaching flags to fences to keep wolves away from livestock.

Other counties receiving money include Malheur, Grant, Jefferson and Crook.

State biologists say Oregon has 28 known gray wolves in four packs.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com