WOLVES, BLACKBIRDS, AND CROWS
May 15, 1645, the General Court ordered
Yt any p’son, eithr English or Indian, that shall kill any wolfe or wolves wthin ten miles of any plantation in ye jurisdiction, shall have for every wolfe by him or ym so kiled 10 shs to be paid out of ye treasure of ye country.
At a general meeting of the Towne [of Newbury] April 27th 1648 Ther was granted to Thomas Marvyn two acres of land lying neer to the new pond on the back side of Mr. Noyes house lott at the new Town for encouragement to him to kill woolves.
March 6, 1664-5. It was ordered that those wolves that hath bin killed since the six wolves order hath bin out, those that hath killed them shall have forty shillings for every wolfe for those that is past, and also such as shall kill wolves for the time to come shall have forty shillings for every wolfe to be paid out of the next Towne Rate after they shalbe killed provided that due proof be made that they be killed within the limitts of the Towne.
January 24, 1682-3, the freeholders and other inhabitants of the town voted
That whereas there was an order made and voted at a Generall meeting of the Town March 13, 1680-1 that gave to such persons as should kill wolves in the bounds of Newbury to have twenty shillings for every old wolfe and ten shillings for every young wolfe to be paid out of the Towne rate, and it was not found in the town books, the Town did confirm that order and gave order it should be recorded for it was endorsed by John Ordway and many others.
March 9, 1702-3 voted to pay four pounds to those who killed two wolves at the Ipswich end of Plum Island.
September 1, 1714, voted to pay forty shillings for every wolfe killed within the limits of the town.
May 3, 1715 voted to give five pounds per head for every grown wolfe which shall be killed within the town of Newbury.
March 13, 1721-22 It was voted that ye selectmen shall pay to Mark Moers & his brother Jonathan Moers twenty shillings equally between them for a gratification for killing a wolfe in Bradford this winter.
John J. Currier. History of Newbury, Massachusetts. Reprint. Portsmouth, NH: Peter E. Randall, 1984. Originally published: Newbury, Mass: Damrell and Upham, 1902. Full text available on Google Books.