House passes bill tied to wolf legal settlement

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SALEM, Ore. — 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.