Settlement in wolf kill plan

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SALEM, Ore. — Conservation groups and cattle ranchers agreed to a landmark settlement in a lawsuit that has kept the state of Oregon from killing wolves that prey on livestock.

The agreement was announced Friday by the governor’s office and creates a new rulebook for wolf management in Oregon that makes killing  the wolves that prey on cattle and sheep a last resort after non-lethal protections have been tried, and livestock attacks have become constant.

It also gives ranchers the ability to kill wolves that attack or chase their herds as long as certain conditions are met.