"Protecting Oregon's Wildlife: The Urgent Case for HB 4148"

While this entire bill was not passed, the major part of the bill about funding CWD research was passed. 


Oregon's natural landscapes are home to diverse wildlife, including deer, elk, and moose, which now face an unprecedented threat from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), invasive species, and increasing human-wildlife conflicts. HB 4148 emerges as a beacon of hope, focusing on critically underfunded wildlife programs and agencies. This bill adopts a holistic approach to wildlife health and public education, ensuring the prosperity of Oregon's ecosystems for future generations.

Why HB 4148?

  • Combat Chronic Wasting Disease: CWD poses a fatal threat to our deer, elk, and moose populations. HB 4148 seeks to establish a robust defense against this disease by funding increased capacity at the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) and establishing a CWD testing facility within Oregon.
  • Invasive Species Council Funding: The bill allocates necessary resources to combat invasive species, which threaten Oregon's biodiversity. It supports the council's efforts in raising public awareness and formulating emergency responses to control infestations.
  • Human-Wildlife Conflict Reduction: As urban areas expand, so does the potential for conflict between wildlife and humans. HB 4148 proposes solutions that benefit both communities and wildlife, emphasizing coexistence and safety.
  • Wildlife Corridors: To ensure the safe passage of wildlife across our expanding road networks, HB 4148 includes policy language to enhance and incorporate wildlife corridors in future planning efforts.

Take Action

Oregon's wildlife and natural beauty are invaluable assets that require our immediate attention and action. Supporting HB 4148 is a step towards a sustainable future. Your voice can make a difference in this critical moment for Oregon's environmental and wildlife conservation efforts.

How You Can Help:

  1. Educate: Share information about HB 4148 with your community to raise awareness.
  2. Advocate:  We've made it easy with a click-to-email feature below.
  3. Engage: Use social media to spread the word. The more people know, the stronger our collective voice.

Together, we can protect and conserve Oregon's wildlife for generations to come. Join us in supporting HB 4148.