Grizzly Bear Depredations Added to Livestock Loss Board
losses caused by grizzly bears will be covered by Montana’s Livestock Loss
Board beginning October 1, according to program manager George Edwards.
of the state’s main predators, wolves and grizzly bears, will now be covered
under one program,” Edwards said. “It’ll make things easier for everyone
bears were added by the state legislature at its 2013 session, Edwards said, in
a move that was supported by both livestock and environmental organizations. A
companion bill to fund grizzly bear depredations, however, was not approved, and
payments for livestock killed by grizzlies will come from funding originally
allocated for wolf depredations.
Defenders of Wildlife, which has verbally committed to a $25,000 annual donation
for grizzly bear depredations, managed a similar program in Montana for the past
several years, Edwards said. One difference between the two programs, he said,
is that the LLB will pay 100 percent of verified and probable kills, whereas the
DOW program paid 50 percent for probable kills. Otherwise, things should be
“pretty much the same,” he said.
keeping it simple. We’re using the same rules for bears that we do for
wolves, we’re even using the same form.”
producers who suspect that they’ve suffered a loss due to grizzly bear
depredation should immediately contact USDA-Wildlife Services. A wildlife
specialist will investigate, and if the loss is attributed to a verified or
probably grizzly bear depredation, the producers may be eligible for
compensation from the program.
eligible for compensation are cattle, sheep, horses, mules, goats, swine, llamas
and livestock guard animals.
additional information on the program, such as complete step-by-step
instructions on how to request an investigation, see the Livestock
Loss Board web site, and follow along with pertinent news on the board’s Facebook
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