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Bill Seeks To Create New Wolf Loss Compensation Program

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – A Wyoming lawmaker is sponsoring legislation to create a new state compensation program for ranchers who lose livestock to wolves.

Republican Representative John Winter of Thermopolis would create a fund with $90,000 to reimburse ranchers statewide over a two-year period. Currently only livestock killed within wolf-hunting zones in western Wyoming qualify for compensation.

Winter’s bill would need a two-thirds vote to be introduced during this winter’s legislative session, which is dedicated primarily to the budget.

Other wolf depredation reimbursement programs have been discontinued since the U.S. government removed Wyoming’s wolves from federal protection in 2018.