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Wyoming Animal Damage Management Board approves responses to comments

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Published: Dec. 1, 2020 at 5:46 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Animal Damage Management Board approved four responses from a comment made by a Johnson County Commissioner.

One comment that prompted discussion from board members was about the cost of veterinary bills if a gray wolf hurts a livestock animal.

The response the board approved said: “Section 2(e) defines damage to mean death to livestock due to a gray wolf, severe injury by a gray wolf that the livestock will not recover from and that requires the livestock to be put down, and severe injury by a gray wolf that requires veterinary care.”

The response adds they are only considering damages quoted above because of budget cuts.

Another comment discussed the estimated cost of raising a calf to be $1,000. The board approved an amendment and the final version said:

“After budget reductions, the amount of funding for the program for fiscal years 2021 and 2022 is $36,000. These funds will be distributed in two periods over the two-year budget cycle. The current ADMB practice is to provide compensation at fair market value at the time the producer sells their livestock.”

Jerry Johnson, The predator management coordinator, said the calf producer is only paid when they send in a completed application and producers will be put in a pool of applicants.

How much they are paid will be based on the applications and verified costs at the time they sell the rest of their animals.

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