Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Malheur 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.
No separate county generated animal bounty records were located in the inventory. However, animal scalp bounty warrant information, including name, number and type of scalps, and amount of payment, is included in the commissioners journals and indexes for a number of years in the early 1900s. The scalps submitted for bounty include coyotes and other predatory animals as well as rabbits and other nuisance animals. See the Commissioners Administrative Journals record series.