Bark is supporting an effort by a coalition of conservation and outdoor groups to pass three pro-beaver-water-and habitat restoration bills this year in the Oregon legislature. These three bills would:
- Restrict beaver trapping on federally managed lands in Oregon,
- Remove statute which gives the beaver a “predatory” designation (which means they can be killed without oversight), and
- Provide resources for landowners who want to coexist with beavers and other wildlife instead of lethally removing them.
Right now, we are focused on getting HB 2843 a hearing in the Oregon Legislature. Send a letter to your representatives today!
These bills are all interrelated and compliment each other. Habitat created by beaver brings significant ecological and economic benefits to people, fish and wildlife. For these benefits to be realized, beavers must be able to build and maintain their dams while expanding their numbers and distributions across the state.
- HB 2843 Prohibits the removal of beavers on federally managed public land, in waters of this state as waters flow through federally managed public land or in pond, lake or water storage facility on federally managed public land.
- HB 2844 Provides, for the purposes of certain statutes relating to taking of predatory animals, that terms “predatory animal” and “rodent” do not include beavers.
- HB 2689 Directs the State Department of Agriculture to establish grant program for purpose of facilitating nonlethal deterrence of wildlife conflict species by farmers and ranchers.