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Details of wolf compensation fund
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
July 25, 2007

In 1987, Defenders of Wildlife created a $100,000 fund to compensate ranchers in the U.S. Northern Rockies for verified livestock losses to wolves. The fund has evolved over the years, and in the fall of 2000, became the Bailey Wildlife Foundation Wolf Compensation Trust.

Itís important to note that not all ranchers are reimbursed for their verified losses and not all losses due to wolves can be verified. The Defenders program is very limited in this regard.

Defenders reports the following payments from the wolf trust:

TOTAL PAYMENTS FROM 1987 TO MARCH 2007: $866,895

TOTAL NUMBER OF PAYMENTS: 615

TOTAL NUMBER OF DEPREDATION INCIDENTS:
CATTLE 893
SHEEP 1843
OTHER* 73

AVERAGE PAYMENT PER ANIMAL: $304

AVERAGE PAYMENT PER YEAR: $42,429

SUMMARY BY YEAR:
2007 $107,256 62 Payments 102 Cattle, 174 Sheep, 2 Other
2006 $181,765 101 Payments 195 Cattle, 205 Sheep, 8 Other
2005 $101,086 75 payments 102 Cattle, 83 Sheep, 6 Other
2004 $138,956 95 Payments 111 Cattle, 452 Sheep, 9 Other
2003 $63,145 53 Payments 52 Cattle, 210 Sheep, 14 Other
2002 $64,174 46 Payments 75 Cattle, 133 Sheep, 8 Other
2001 $53,297 34 Payments 67 Cattle, 149 Sheep, 2 Other
2000 $50,446 38 Payments 36 Cattle, 105 Sheep,13 Other
1999 $35,937 40 Payments 51 Cattle, 108 Sheep, 6 Other
1998 $17,483 17 Payments 27 Cattle, 13 Sheep, 5 Other
1997 $26,065 21 Payments 24 Cattle, 152 Sheep
1996 $7,483 9 Payments 8 Cattle, 49 Sheep
1995 $1,633 2 Payments 4 Cattle
1994 $5,701 8 Payments 12 Cattle
1993 0 0 0
1992 $374 1 Payment 1 Cattle
1991 $1,250 3 Payments 2 Cattle, 1 Sheep
1990 $4,100 3 Payments 8 Cattle
1989 $1,730 2 Payments 8 Cattle
1988 0 0 0
1987 $3,049 3 Payments 5 Cattle, 9 Sheep



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