ORS 497.655¹
Voluntary contributions
  • county predatory animal control program
  • State Department of Fish and Wildlife duties

(1) As used in this section:

(a) “Fur-bearing mammal,” “hunt” and “wildlife” have the meanings given those terms in ORS 496.004 (Definitions).

(b) “Predatory animals” means those animals listed in ORS 610.002 (“Predatory animals” defined), black bears, cougars, fur-bearing mammals and gray wolves.

(2)(a) Each application for the purchase and issuance of a license, tag or permit to hunt wildlife pursuant to ORS 497.102 (Hunting licenses and permits) or 497.112 (Hunting tags) must include a separate section under which the applicant may make a voluntary contribution to be used for predatory animal control, to the extent allowable under federal and state law, in the county or counties in which the license, tag or permit allows the person to hunt.

(b) A voluntary contribution made under this section does not convey a privilege to hunt wildlife, and is considered separate from any moneys paid by the applicant for the issuance of a license, tag or permit.

(c) Before developing a predatory animal control program, a county shall consult with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife or the State Department of Agriculture, depending on the predatory animals that are part of the program.

(d) Voluntary contributions received under this section shall be deposited in the Wildlife Conservation Fund established under ORS 497.660 (Wildlife Conservation Fund).

(3)(a) The State Department of Fish and Wildlife shall keep track of voluntary contributions made under this section. Each quarter the department shall pay to each county in which hunting took place under a license, tag or permit issued under the wildlife laws an amount equal to the total of the voluntary contributions made in association with applications for licenses, tags or permits allowing persons to hunt in the county.

(b) If a license, tag or permit allows the holder to hunt in an area that includes land within more than one county, the department shall designate a proportionate share of any voluntary contribution under this section to each county based on the percentage of the area that is in each county. [2011 c.728 §1]

Note: 497.655 (Voluntary contributions) and 497.660 (Wildlife Conservation Fund) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 497 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 497—Licenses, Tags and Permits, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors497.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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