Hearings: Oregon Contest Bill Threatening Hunting, Ranchers, Public Safety

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Legislation introduced in Oregon by State Representative Brad Witt would prohibit any person from conducting or participating in a contest, competition, tournament or derby that has the objective of taking coyotes for cash or prizes. House Bill 4075 has been referred to the Oregon House Committee on Natural Resources where it has a public hearing scheduled on Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. PST at the State Capitol, Room HR D. HB 4075 will have a committee work session on Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. PST in Room HR D.

Take Action Today! Oregon sportsmen should call their state representative and ask them to OPPOSE House Bill 4075. Oregon members can contact their legislators by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Directory.

While many sportsmen enjoy competitions like coyote contests, they also serve as an incentive to reduce burgeoning populations that can carry disease or threaten livestock, pets and people. In a Portland suburb two small children were attacked by a coyote in 2018. Coyotes also target livestock, such as cattle and sheep. A 2015 USDA report explained: “Coyotes accounted for the highest percentage of cattle loss due to predators in Oregon at (44.2%).”  A similar USDA from that year showed that: “Coyotes accounted for the highest percentage of sheep losses (54.3%) and coyotes accounted for the highest percentage of lamb losses at (63.7%) nationwide” and further that on “sheep operations of 100-999 sheep, coyotes were responsible for 69.2% of all sheep losses.

“The bottom line is that the state of Oregon is not currently able to control coyote numbers, and this bill would remove one method that incentives people to participate in public safety measures,” said Jacob Hupp, associate director of state services at the Sportsmen’s Alliance.

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