Monday, October 19, 2015

State forms panel to review claims for wolf-related losses


October 18, 2015, by Associated Press


Remote camera image of pups from another wolf pack, the Diamond Pack in Pend Oreille County, Wash., July 2009 (Photo courtesy of Washington 
Department of Natural Resources)
Remote camera image of pups from another wolf pack, the Diamond Pack in Pend Oreille County, Wash., July 2009 (Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Natural Resources)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington wildlife officials are forming a new panel to review claims for indirect livestock losses caused by wolves.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Donny Martorello says the state already pays ranchers market value when cows and other livestock are verified killed by wolves.

This new panel will recommend compensation for indirect wolf-related losses, such as reduced weight gain, low pregnancy rates and higher than normal losses.

Martorello tells the Capital Press that the agency will make the final call on payments but the panel will bring additional expertise and transparency to the process. The agency plans to appoint five volunteers.

He says the agency hasn’t made any payments for indirect losses, but two ranchers have filed claims.

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