Oregon: Poaching Violations Reporting Bill Passes House

On April 24, the Oregon House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass House Bill 3158A, which would require the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to implement a program to encourage the reporting of wildlife law violations. The bill was subsequently referred to the desk of the Senate President and is currently awaiting its Senate committee assignment.

House Bill 3158A –  sponsored by Oregon Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus Member Representative Mike McLane and Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Brad Witt and Sal Esquivel – would offer preference points towards future hunting tags or cash rewards for information leading to citations or arrest for unlawful take, possession or waste of wildlife species. The Oregon Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus has made the bill a priority piece of legislation for the Caucus to support during the 2017 session, and urged passage of the bill on the House floor. With the increased sophistication of poachers and other wildlife violators, many states (like Oregon) are examining innovative approaches for encouraging further coordination between citizens and state fish and wildlife agencies to report wildlife law violations.

Each year, Oregon’s 703,000 hunters and anglers spend $929 million and support 14,769 jobs. For more information on conservation funding provided by sportsmen and women in the Beaver State, see CSF’s American System of Conservation Funding Factsheet for Oregon.

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