Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Umatilla 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 Umatilla County [Animal Scalp], 1909-1923 (1 volume).

Records at the Umatilla County Courthouse, Main Basement Vault:
Register of Scalp Bounty Claims, vol. 1, 1899-1901 (1 volume);
Register of Scalp Bounty Warrants, vol. 1, 1903-1904 (1 volume).


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