Payout for Bear Kills on the Rise

Laramie, WY – The state has paid a record amount in compensation for livestock killed by grizzly bears this year, but a state specialist says it's still within the normal range. Wyoming paid 110,000 dollars to livestock owners in the 2006 fiscal year. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Mark Bruscino is a Bear Management Specialist. He says the state spends about 50-thousand dollars in a typical year. That amount has fluctuated from year to year, but has a general upward trend. Bruscino says bears in that category are removed from the area or, as a last resort, are destroyed.