County approves cattle fee for predatory animal control program

Cascade Commissioners voted 2-0 to approve the creation of a fee on cattle to support a predatory animal control program.

The fee is allowable under state law when 51 percent or more of cattle producers in the county sign a petition in support.

In November, a petition was submitted to the county with signatures from owners of 27,063 cattle, or 56.8 percent of cattle in Cascade County.

There was no public comment on the fee during the Jan. 22 meeting. Commissioners had tabled the proposal from an earlier January meeting to allow for more public awareness and comment from cattle producers.

Commissioner Jane Weber was absent Tuesday, and Commissioners Joe Briggs and Jim Larson said they had received a few calls in support and some in opposition.

More information about the cattle fee and the process is included in our previous stories on the proposal:

County gets more details on proposed cattle fee, but postpones vote to Jan. 22

County cattle fee proposed for predatory animal control