California’s Wolf-Livestock Compensation Program Faces Funding Shortage

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With more wolves entering the California ecology, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is running out of funds to compensate livestock producers for their losses.

The pilot program launched in 2021 as state legislature approved $3 million in funding to the CDFW to develop a Wolf-Livestock Compensation Pilot Program. This was to manage producer-wolf conflict. A three-pronged approach to paying back producers for associated wolf losses included those affected by direct livestock loss, payments for using non-lethal deterrents, and those who experienced indirect losses for wolf presence near their livestock.

Today, with over 100 applications to the interim pilot program, funds are expected to be exhausted going forward.

CDFW officials say they continue evaluating submitted applications and processing payments but say some may not end up with a payday from here on out.

The most recent confirmed wolf kill, reported by the CDFW, occurred in Eastern Siskiyou County on private timberland on August 18th by the Whaleback Wolf Pack.

Producers who want more information about the application process and available funds can contact the CDFW Wolf Program at [email protected].