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Livestock Loss Board

The Montana Livestock Loss Board was established by the legislature in 2007 to address economic losses due to wolf predation and to create incentives for producers to take proactive, preventative steps to decrease the risk of loss.

The purpose of the Montana Livestock Loss Program is to acknowledge the importance of economic viability and sustainability of individual livestock operators in Montana who are negatively affected by wolves or grizzly bears. Specifically, the purpose of the loss reduction and mitigation programs are:

  • To provide financial reimbursements to producers for losses caused by wolves or grizzly bears based on program criteria.
  • To proactively apply prevention tools and incentives to decrease the risk of wolf or grizzly bear caused losses.

Mission

To help support Montana Livestock communities by reducing the economic impacts of wolves and grizzly bears on individual producers by reimbursing confirmed and probable wolf or grizzly bear caused losses and helping to reduce their losses by approving projects and funding programs that will discourage wolves and grizzly bears from killing livestock.

Goals & Objectives

  • Develop a compensation framework that integrates with the overall Montana wolf and grizzly bear programs.
  • Develop an incentive program that integrates with the overall Montana wolf and grizzly bear programs.
  • Recognize the importance of economic viability and sustainability of individual livestock operators in Montana.
  • Recognize the complex interactions between livestock, wolves and grizzly bears.
  • Seek a broad range of funding sources to meet the needs to provide long-term, viable "compensation" solutions.
  • Work with federal and state agencies to develop a broad spectrum of options to reduce conflicts and potential depredations.