Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk 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.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Bounty Record [Animal], 1909-1961 (1 volume);
Scalp Bounty Warrants [Payment Stub Book], 1911-1913 (1 volume).

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, County Clerk's Office:
Register of Scalp Bounty Claims [includes one page only], vol. 1, 1899 (1 volume).

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