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History:

Years ago, Coos County hired trappers to maintain predator control within the county.

Sometime in the 1970’s, USDA/Wildlife Services took over the program which infused federal dollars along with state and the county to operate the program. For years, the County Commissioners fully funded what was needed to keep two Wildlife Services Specialists on staff.

In the last ten years, federal funding has decreased, state dollars have varied, and the county portion has increased. County income has decreased to where Coos County is having difficulty maintaining a balanced budget.

Because a group of interested timber owners and ranchers were concerned the Wildlife Services program would be lost in Coos County, a request was made to the BOC, for formation of an Animal Damage Control Advisory Committee. That Committee has been functioning since May, 2010 to ensure the people in Coos County resolve wildlife conflicts and have protection of their livestock, animals, timber, infra- structure,etc.

Animal Damage Control Advisory Committee Activities:

Each year the Committee has submitted grants to help fund the Wildlife Services Specialists

The Committee has done presentations to the BOC to emphasize the need and importance of the work done in Coos County

Organized a tri-County meeting to discuss stable funding of the Wildlife Services program

Timberland owners set up a fund to supplement the Coos County portion. Agriculture producers did a volunteer donation program to make up the difference needed in funding.

Met with legislators to discuss need and adequate funding for predator control in Coos County

Provided input into the writing and passage of HB 3188 which allowed for the formation of Predator Control Districts

Meets regularly to discuss predator issues in Coos County

Provides support to WS Specialists Each year millions of board feet of timber are damaged by bear resulting in tremendous losses to the public and private timberlands in Coos County.

History: Years ago, Coos County hired trappers to maintain predator control within the county. Sometime in

Timberland damage in Coos County

This information provided by the

Coos County Animal Damage Control Advisory Committee

Formed by

The Coos County Board of Commissioners

How can Coos County Predator Control District function effectively, providing services?

The District will be governed by a five member Board of District landowners

The Predator Control program is a cost share program with U.S. Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Agriculture, and Coos County

Local staff will have access and direct assistance from both federal and state partners

Staff supervision will be by USDA/WS supervisor.

District will hold annual meetings with updates, election of board members, as well as determination of assessments.

Coos County Predator Control

Will work to provide direct and technical assistance in managing our wildlife and to create a healthy and safe environment, with a local governing Board of Directors accessible to the taxpayers of the District

Coos County Predator Control District and Services

If you live within the boundaries of the District, there will be an assessment on your property taxes for the services

The costs will be developed for rural landowner by rural landowners of Coos County

If you opt-out of the District, the cost will be three times the assessment to get in the District and receive services

How can Coos County Predator Control District function effectively, providing services?  The District will be

WHY COOS COUNTY

NEEDS A

PREDATOR CONTROL DISTRICT?

Provide public safety and manage disease outbreaks of birds and wildlife

Reduce economic losses to members of the agriculture and timber industry

Protect infra-structure such as roads, dikes, levees, etc. Protect rural landowner’s chickens, orchards, crops, etc.