Combined federal and provincial funds will allow Saskatchewan to compensate its livestock producers for animals killed or injured by predators. The province recently rolled out “overall enhancements” to its wildlife damage compensation program, managed by its crop insurance corporation. Under the enhanced program, producers can expect to be compensated for 100 per cent of the market value of livestock killed by predators, and “up to 80” per cent of the market value for injured livestock requiring veterinary services.
Compensation will be issued for either death or injury of “cattle, sheep, goats, bison, horses, domesticated hogs, elk, fallow deer, llamas, donkeys, ostriches, emus, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and other less common species,” the province said in a press release. The program will cover death or injury caused by coyotes, bears, cougars, lynx, foxes, eagles and/or wolves, the province said. The level of compensation will be based on market prices, but will include a minimum of $400 for calves, $40 for sheep and $30 for goats. Furthermore, the program will now also include compensation for wildlife damage to crops and feed used for swath, bale and corn grazing, the province said in its release.
As well, the previous $5,200 per yard site compensation limit for wildlife damage to stacked feed in a yard site will be removed, the province said. The federal and Saskatchewan governments have pledged a cost-shared total of $2.5 million per year to pay for the improvements, which take effect April 1. While Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp. administers the compensation program, there are no premiums and producers don’t have to be SCIC customers to be eligible for benefits.