Livestock Loss Due to Wolves Compensation

Res #: 7-24A
Number: 7
Year: 2024
Midterm: No
Expired: No
Responses Received: Yes
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

WHEREAS an increase in wolf population in certain areas of Saskatchewan is causing financial hardship to farmers due to the loss of livestock from wolves.

WHEREAS the claim assessments through Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Predation Compensation Claims are based on evidence of a carcass.

WHEREAS wolves often drag away their kill so carcasses are often not found when livestock is missing.

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby Saskatchewan Crop Insurance to review the criteria of the claim on how farmers are paid out for livestock losses through Predation Compensation Claims can better compensate claimants for missing livestock due to predation.

Responses From: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

March 25, 2024

Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) administers the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program. The Program is available to all Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers for the death or injury of livestock, fowl, or specialty animals due to predation. Wildlife Damage Compensation regulations require livestock be conclusively killed by a predator animal for full compensation.

If conclusive evidence is not present, the maximum compensation available per animal is 50 per cent. Wildlife Damage Compensation regulations require producers to make every reasonable effort to use preventative measures to protect their livestock from predators.

SCIC’s Livestock Predation Prevention Program is available to assist producers with predation prevention. SCIC will continue to work with producers and industry groups to ensure producers are appropriately compensated for losses.

Work is underway to determine if there are different approaches for SCIC to consider in extreme cases where wolf predation losses are high. This work includes finding the appropriate balance between program responsiveness and program integrity, while working within our regulations.

Hon. David Marit – Minister of Agriculture