Laramie, Wy –
The conservation group that has been compensating livestock producers for animals killed by wolves has now spent 300 thousand dollars on the program. Defenders of Wildlife vice president of species conservation, Nina Sasseon says they started the compensation trust in 1987 to put their money where their mouth was.
One complaint about the program is that there are cases of animals disappearing that were most likely killed by wolves but there is no proof of it and so producers don't get any compensation. Sasseon admits it is something they still need to resolve. Sasseon says they are also considering ways to help livestock producers be proactive. She says they may set up a program to share the cost of guard dogs and electric fences that could be used to protect cows and sheep.