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ODFW scrambles to cover $32M deficit

SALEM (AP) — The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is hunting for revenue to help close a projected $32 million gap in the 2015-17 budget.

At a meeting Thursday in Salem, agency officials discussed raising prices on licenses and tags, and asking for more money from the state’s general fund. They also talked about cutting staff and programs.

The Statesman Journal reports hunting and fishing participation is at its lowest levels in Oregon in 30 years and operating costs are on the rise.

The commission will meet again in August to send the budget to the governor’s office and legislature for approval.

Deputy Director Debbie Colbert says the goal is balance the budget with minimum impact on participation in fishing and hunting.

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