County awards non-lethal deterrents grants

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The Agricultural and Wildlife Protection Program (AWPP) awarded over $10,000 in non-lethal deterrents grants in 2020.

Agricultural operations in Benton County that wish to prevent conflicts with wildlife were able to apply for up to $5,000 in reimbursement grant funds for the purchase of proactive non-lethal wildlife deterrents to protect livestock and crops. Grant applications were reviewed by a committee comprised of county staff, an at-large citizen member, and representatives from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, OSU Extension and Chintimini Wildlife Center.   

The AWPP grant program is in its third year. This year’s grantees are located throughout the county and proposed a variety of non-lethal deterrent projects including upgraded fencing and construction of small barns for enclosing livestock at night.      

Grant funds are still available for operations who are concerned about conflicts with beaver, specifically. Information about the AWPP, grant program and upcoming events can be found at co.benton.or.us/awpp.