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Brands Enforcement Division Goals & Objectives


Title 81, Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9

Perform professional law enforcement and investigative work in the tracking of livestock ownership and in the deterrence and/or solution of related criminal activities.

  • POST certified law enforcement officers with full arrest authority.
  • Work cooperatively with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies - FBI, BIA, U. S. Forest Service, P & S Administration, U.S. Attorney, Department of Justice criminal investigators, the Montana attorney general, county attorneys, sheriff departments, and other state livestock regulatory agencies and personnel.
  • Inspect the brands of all livestock crossing county and state lines and/or changing ownership. This includes all livestock coming into and going out of the 14 Montana livestock markets.
  • Collection of the Beef Promotion and Marketing Act as mandated. This is a $1.00 per head beef check-off fee for the Montana Beef Council on all change of ownership cattle inspections.
  • Record all livestock brands and transfers.
  • Maintain the livestock lien program.
  • License the 14 livestock auctions and the 750 livestock dealers; regulate livestock markets on all matters affecting the relationship between the livestock market and owners of livestock, and between the livestock market and the purchasers of livestock. Monitor the financial condition of the livestock markets; livestock dealers; and where the department is trustee the trust fund agreements, certificates of deposit, and letters of credit.
  • Respond to all inquiries and complaints from the public, private producers, and governmental officials on all aspects of the Brand Enforcement Division.
  • Coordinate and cooperate with the stockgrowers; woolgrowers; Farm Bureau; Livestock Market's Associations; local and state law enforcement groups such as the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, Montana Law Enforcement Academy; and other groups including the state-wide Emergency and Disaster Control, Montana County Attorneys Association, International Livestock Identification and Theft Investigators Association, and Western States Livestock Investigators Association.
  • Coordinates the livestock Crimestoppers Program as provided in §81-6 (Part 3), MCA.


Title 81, Chapter 7, MCA

The goal of the Predator Control Program is to provide livestock producers with protection from certain types of predators that kill or injure domestic livestock, and to alleviate problems caused by species that may endanger human health or safety.

  • Cooperative agreements with Powder River, Carter, and the Tri-Counties of Richland McCone and Dawson, and the U.S.D.A./A.P.H.I.S, Animal Damage Control.
  • Contract license aerial hunting pilots.