For Immediate Release
January 31, 2012
Public Information Officer
Montana Department of Livestock
Livestock Loss Board Unveils New Specialty License Plates
Montana’s Livestock Loss Board today announced the release of a new specialty license plate intended to raise money for wolf depredation efforts.
The plates, which features the board’s ag-oriented logo, go on sale today at county treasurers’ offices around the state. The plates cost $40, with $20 going to the LLB; subsequent renewals cost just $20.
Established by the State Legislature in 2007, the Livestock Loss Board reimburses livestock producers for livestock killed by wolves. Program coordinator George Edwards said the board has had enough funding to pay for livestock claims, but not enough to pay for prevention efforts.
“We’re real excited, as this is the next step for the board and program,” Edwards said. “Prevention was a key component of the program when it was created, but we’ve never had the funding to do it.”
The board has paid out $418,003 on 879 animals since its inception.