July 24, 2014
Predators have the largest impact to Eastern Oregonians and to the economy of that region. However, due to the political climate of Oregon – where Portland, Salem, and Eugene dominate the discussion – far too often rural Oregonians’ voices go unheard.
On August 9th at the Wildhorse Casino in Pendleton, this segment of Oregon’s population will take part in an event that delivers science-based information surrounding the impact of predators.
How Predators and Current Predator Management Are Impacting Your Hunting Opportunity, is hosted by the Oregon Outdoor Council. Wildlife experts from across the west and Oregon state legislators will be presenting science-based studies, statistics, and professional experience to the general public on August 9th at the Wildhorse Casino. The public will also have the opportunity to have their own questions answered during the question and answer period following speaker presentations.
“Oregon’s rural communities shoulder the burden associated with a high predator population. Whether it is from wolf predation on livestock, lost revenue at local stores from a reduction in deer or elk tags, or the loss of hunting guides because of decreasing ungulate populations”, says Dominic Aiello, president of the Oregon Outdoor Council.
He continues, “That considered, how our predator populations have historically been managed is decided by those least impacted by their decision – urban voters. What we’re working to do is tell the residents of Eastern Oregon & sportsmen’s story from a science-based position.”
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Predator Data
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Eastern Oregon Deer Hunter Data
Nationwide hunting and fishing participation is up, but Oregon’s numbers remain in steady decline.
Why is this decline important to rural Oregonians? “A lot of rural Oregon towns depend on tourism dollars. Hunters bring a large portion of that economic impact. We’ve lost over 100,000 days spent deer hunting in eastern Oregon in just 10 years. This is a blow to small Oregon towns that depend on this influx of cash,” says Aiello.
Asked what the Oregon Outdoor Council believes rural Oregonians and sportsmen want to see change regarding predator management, he states, “What metro Portland is currently experiencing, constant human cougar conflict, is a symptom of a larger problem and a small sample of what rural Oregon has been dealing with for too long. Sportsmen and rural Oregonians want to be part of the solution, they want to be pro-active and have the ability to limit the impacts of predators.”
The symposium is free to attend and includes a free lunch. To learn more you can visit Oregon Outdoor Council’s website at www.oregonoutdoorcouncil.org or if would like to register to attend you can call (toll free) 844-357-4688.
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