- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A state audit confirms that hunting and fishing license fees are not keeping up with the rising revenue demands at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Secretary of State’s Office released the audit Thursday.

It notes that hunting and fishing licenses account for most of the department’s revenues, and the numbers of people buying them have been declining since the 1970s.

Meanwhile, the department’s workload has been growing to deal with the impacts of a growing population on fish and wildlife habitat. And the state’s fish hatcheries are at risk from deferred maintenance.

Department director Curt Melcher welcomed confirmation of the department’s revenue problems, and noted that there are three bills in the Legislature to deal with the issue, including one raising fees for licenses and tags.



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