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Wolf kill compensation timing

Published (3/18/2010)
By Patty Ostberg
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It’s not uncommon for gray wolves to feast on calves. In those cases, the state will reimburse a farmer the fair market value of the livestock.

Sponsored by Rep. Dave Olin (DFL-Thief River Falls), HF3262 would add an official from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture or a peace officer from the county sheriff’s office to those who could make a personal inspection of the farmer’s loss.

The House Agriculture, Rural Economies and Veterans Affairs Finance Division held the bill over March 16 for possible inclusion in its omnibus bill.

Under current law, a conservation officer is permitted to complete inspection within 24 hours of the wolf kill. Olin said it becomes a problem on the weekends. “In some areas, what happens when you have only the United States Department of Agriculture people or the Department of Natural Resources, they’re just not on duty on a timely basis that’s required by the law to investigate a claim,” Olin said.

A companion, SF2989, sponsored by Sen. LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer), awaits action by the full Senate.

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