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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Josephine County Records Inventory

Animal Bounty Records

1909-1979

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.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Scalp Bounties [Animal-Lists], 1946-1959 (.10 cu.ft.); 1969-1979 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Josephine County Scalp Bounties Paid [Abstract], 1909-1921 (1 binder).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
Scalp Bounty [General Fund Claims-Animal Scalps-trifolded], 1909-1921 (1 cu.ft.).

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