As wolves spread through Oregon from Idaho, ranchers are trying to get the right to shoot any wolves they see attacking livestock, and for the state to pay for cattle and sheep that are killed.
The batch of wolf bills being heard by a House committee Wednesday also includes one that would make it easier to take wolves off the state endangered species list.
Oregon Cattlemen's Association President Bill Hoyt, a Cottage Grove rancher, says they don't want to wipe out wolves in Oregon, but need the tools to defend their livestock.
Rob Klavins of Oregon Wild says conservation groups don't oppose paying ranchers for wolf kills. But they feel the other bills are an attempt to get around the extensive public process that went into Oregon's Wolf Management Plan.