Eastern Oregon legislators are asking for more leverage in killing gray wolves.
Currently, ranchers can get a permit to shoot a wolf if it is "caught-in-the-act" of attacking their livestock.
Ranchers say no one with a "caught-in-the-act" permit has ever killed a wolf because it is nearly impossible to catch them in the act.
the proposed change would allow ranchers to kill any gray wolf they "reasonably believe has attacked or harassed their livestock."
The 2012 gray wolf tally in Oregon was up to 46 wolves...from 26 wild wolves in 2011.
So far, the proposal has only been heard in a house committee.