Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Gilliam County Records Inventory
Animal Bounty Records
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.
Animal scalp bounty records are interspersed in the wooden cabinet holding trifolded records in the courthouse lower vault to the left of the door upon entry.
Records at the Gilliam County Courthouse, Lower Vault:
[Bounty Record-Animal], 1916-1923 (1 volume);
Record of Proofs of Scalp Claims [Animal Bounty], 1901-1903 (2 volumes);
Record of Scalp Bounty Claims [Animal], vol. 1, 1899-1901 (1 volume).