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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Deschutes County Records Inventory

Animal Bounty Records

1930-n.d.

Series documents the payment of county and state bounty money to individuals who presented the scalps and other prescribed body parts of targeted predatory animals. The program was intended to control the threat to livestock. Examples of targeted animals include coyote, cougar, mountain lion, panther, wildcat, bobcat, lynx, and wolf. Records include registers, affidavits, certificates, and statements. Information includes claimant and affiant names; kind of animal; number of scalps; date killed or presented; and number, amount, and date of warrant. The records are also referred to as scalp bounty records.

References to warrants ordered for payments to specific individuals for predatory animal control were included in the Commissioners Journals (County Commissioners Administrative Journals) beginning in circa 1930.

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