Washington Ranchers want compensation for reduced weight gain, low pregnancy rates caused by wolves.

http://www.capitalpress.com/Washington/20151016/wdfw-seeks-panel-to-review-wolf-caused-losses

by Don Jenkins

Capital Press

Published:October 16, 2015 9:11AM

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife file photo shows a member of the Teanaway wolf pack. Washington wildlife officials are recruiting livestock experts and conservationists to advise the state

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will form a board to review claims for indirect losses caused by wolves.

Washington wildlife officials are recruiting livestock experts and conservationists to advise the state on compensating ranchers for lost production caused by wolves.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to appoint up to five volunteers to serve on the new committee.

The panel will review WDFW’s approval or denial of claims for reduced weight gain, low pregnancy rates and higher-than-normal losses.

The department will make the final call on payments, but the panel will bring additional expertise and transparency to the process, WDFW wolf policy coordinator Donny Martorello said.

He said WDFW wants a variety of viewpoints represented. “Diversity is important. If it were all like-minded people, we’d need only one person,” he said.

WDFW pays ranchers the market value for livestock killed by wolves. The state’s wolf recovery plan also calls for WDFW to develop a system to compensate ranchers for livestock losses where there is no direct evidence wolves caused the damage.

Martorello said WDFW has not made any payments for indirect losses, but two ranchers have filed claims.

Volunteers will serve staggered one- or two-year terms. The committee may start meeting as early as mid-November and will likely meet about four times a year, according to WDFW.

Committee members will be reimbursed for travel expenses.

Applications and nominations must be submitted in writing and include a description of “experience in collaborating with people who have different values.”

Applications also must include the candidate’s name, telephone number, email address and organization affiliations.

Candidates should explain why they would be an effective board member and report their experience with livestock, natural resource management or wildlife conservation.

People or groups nominating members must include their names and contact information.

Applications and nominations must be postmarked by Oct. 31 and mailed to WDFW Game Division Manager Mick Cope, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091 or by email to Mick.Cope@dfw.wa.gov.

5 thoughts on “Washington Ranchers want compensation for reduced weight gain, low pregnancy rates caused by wolves.

  1. The taxpayers on the public lands want compensation for low weight gain and reduced birth weight, and reduced birth rates (when babies’ mothers are killed) of wildlife because of the stress from human hunters. How do we go about filing claims?

  2. Just like their livestock “hero” Nevada public lands rancher and moocher, Cliven Bundy, these ranchers just want more freebies because they have been “bottle fed” by taxpayers for so long. This is why we have made this issue a priority on our web site, spreading the word about the evils of Public Lands Ranching and its connections with the Sage Brush Rebellion (now born-again), privatization of public lands, and the domestication of these public lands through organized, systematic wildlife slaughter. This is a very dangerous, well-funded and volatile network, which stretches from Catron, Socorro, & other NM counties to the Northwest, and upper Midwest. It’s now even influencing policies in the Eastern states, as well.

    http://www.foranimals.org

  3. Of course we must do more for the Cliven Bundys of this world. If they graze their cattle on public lands near wilderness areas, we must reimburse them for predator loss, and the predators must pay with their lives. But our charitable work is still not done. They leave their animals on the range in wind, snow, subzero weather, and blizzards with no protection and no veterinary care for sickness, injury, or pregnancy. One might suggest that such lack of care alone would lead to reduced weight gain, low pregnancy rates and higher-than-normal losses. But, of course, they still need to be compensated. So the least we can do is build barns, train more veterinarians, and buy them vehicles and equipment to make regular visits. If that is not enough, well then we can always give them more money.

  4. I can see how worrying about wolves might cause ranchers to lose weight, but I couldn’t see how that would affect their pregnancy rate. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t address the questions promised in the headline.

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