Depredation Tag Program

Res #: 6-23A
Number: 6
Year: 2023
Midterm: No
Expired: No
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

WHEREAS increased deer and elk populations and decreased hunting pressures results in farmers and ranchers being
negatively impacted by large herds of wildlife depleting their winter feed supplies, crop in storage bags and piles,
fences, infrastructure, and grazed pastures.

WHEREAS finding additional feed and supplements is becoming difficult to replace due to damage sustained by the
large deer and elk herds consuming the winter feed rations.

WHEREAS many laws and regulations exist to protect wildlife, but very few avenues or programs are available to
producers to allow them to protect their winter feed supplies.

WHEREAS from 2017 to 2021 there were 15,521 claims.

WHEREAS the Provincial Crop Insurance number of claims for big game wildlife also continue to increase each year.

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to reintroduce the depredation tag program to
Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers who are being impacted by wildlife damaging and depleting winter feed

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to work with Crop Insurance on obtaining the
information for high claim areas.