PENDLETON:  County disperses wolf depredation money

PENDLETON: County disperses wolf depredation money

The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners is handing out state funding to livestock producers for wolf depredation. Chairman Bill Elfering says this time around, the money isn’t to cover wolf attacks. It’s to prevent future depredation.

“It’s for things like being able to compensate a range rider, and to maintain and take care of dogs,” he said. “It’s also to remove bone piles.”

The total amount being spent is more than $13,000.

“We had five different approvals ranging all the way from $5,500 to $1,100,” Elfering said.

The largest grant went to Terrill Thomas of Milton-Freewater. The funds come to the counties from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.