Manitoba Program to Protect Farmers' Livestock

MANITOBA - Manitoba will continue to help farmers protect livestock from natural predators through an agreement with the Manitoba Trappers Association, Conservation Minister Stan Struthers announced today.
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"The Problem Predator Removal Program helps reduce incidents of coyotes and wolves preying on cattle, calves, lambs and sheep by removing only those predators causing problems in the identified areas," said Struthers. "Only humane trapping methods are permitted and only those predators causing the problem are removed. This is a targeted program to reduce predator attacks on livestock and other personal property."

"This is a targeted program to reduce predator attacks on livestock and other personal property."
Conservation Minister Stan Struthers

"This program responds to the concerns of Manitoba producers, who have told us livestock losses from predator activity threaten serious financial damage to their operations. The program is timely as many producers are now taking their livestock to summer pastures where predators can cause problems," said Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Rosann Wowchuk.

Last year, as part of the Problem Predator Removal Program, Manitoba's professional trappers responded to 85 predator incidents involving 119 coyotes and 15 timber wolves.

Producers experiencing losses from predators should report incidents to the nearest Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation office. With an assigned claim number, the property owner can then contact the Manitoba Trappers Association for the services of a qualified trapper to deal with the particular problem predator.

Manitoba Conservation, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives and the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation in conjunction with the Manitoba Trappers Association provided a series of problem predator management workshops in several chronic problem areas last winter. Another series of workshops is in the planning stage and is expected to be delivered through early to mid-fall.

In addition to the Problem Predator Removal Program, livestock producers are covered by the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program, administered by Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation.

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