PRINEVILLE - Oregon's Wildlife Damage Council will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. in the Crook County Library to address issues of interest to farmers, ranchers and others.

The 14-member council, which includes representation from state and federal agencies was created by the 2001 legislative assembly to evaluate existing wildlife damage programs and practices to see if there are ways of making them more efficient and/or effective to prevent economic loss to private land owners.

Losses generally stem from wildlife eating agricultural crops or livestock.

Some $5 million is spent annually to prevent or correct these losses.

People who sustain losses due to wildlife damage and use current programs are invited to attend the meeting to provide testimony on the kinds of damage, success of current prevention programs and suggestions on how to improve efforts.

For more information, contact Roger Huffman at (503) 986-4681.  

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