Ranchers Can Get Grant Funding To Protect Cattle From Mexican Wolves

Photo Courtesy of the Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team (FWS.gov)

For years, Arizona cattle ranchers have been uncompensated victims of bureaucrats’ experiment with the introduction of wolves to the range. Now, ranchers can apply for some financial assistance with the development of measures to prevent wolf attacks on their livestock.

At its November meeting, the Arizona Livestock Loss Board unanimously approved a grant program that allows “ranchers to seek grant funding to assist in employing measures designed to prevent conflicts between cattle and Mexican wolves.”

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The grant program will provide funding to livestock producers “wanting to research and develop measures – such as utilizing range riders, fencing or other measures – designed to prevent conflicts,” according to Arizona Game and Fish.

Ranchers applying for the funds are required to provide a funding match either in cash or in-kind and/or third-party funds. Applicants must also provide documentation on the conflict avoidance method being used and its effectiveness.

“We appreciate the Arizona Game and Fish Department working to secure these resources and are encouraged that the Department continues to recognize the losses caused by the Mexican wolf program,” said Arizona rancher Steve Pierce, who also serves as Arizona Farm and Ranch Group president. “Providing solutions for conflict avoidance is another critical tool in proper wolf management – just as important as covering losses through the Arizona Livestock Loss Board.”

 

The Arizona Livestock Loss Board was established in 2015 and is charged with addressing the depredation of Mexican wolves on livestock operations in Arizona. As part of its role, the board is supposed to reimburse livestock producers whose cattle were confirmed to have been taken by a Mexican wolf.

According to Arizona Game and Fish, the reimbursement program is designed to provide compensation to livestock producers who “incur costs to their operations from Mexican wolves with the goal of increased tolerance for the presence of this subspecies on working landscapes.”

3 Comments

  1. Hummmmm, protect cattle but not people??? WTF? But in this bizarro country seems about right to me. The wall would solve a lot of those cross border problems wouldn’t it? Thought so. Cattle and not people….lets hear it for the bureaucrats.

  2. How will the wolf survive – public assistance – how ironic and we keep introducing the wolf back to the wild where their presence changes eco systems – example ‘Yellowstone’ where plant life and other species are those effected from this reintroduction – interesting

  3. Ecosystems must be protected. Really end of story. I realize some of you live close to the wilderness, but you should have thought about the compromise prior to living there. It is not fair that my grandchildren will never see many species because man had to move to the wilderness. Nearly 500 species have gone extinct in the last 100 years. You cannot get them back once they are gone. You are very selfish people as are the rest in the world that are willing to ruin the planet for moneys sake. I can live without cattle meat if it means saving the ecosystem of my country and the world.

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