Predator/Livestock Loss Bill Headed to Governor


UPDATE:  According to Jay Bodner of the Montana Stockgrowers Association, HB 622 (read it here) did pass its third reading in the Montana Senate on Wednesday in a 45 to 5 vote.  It is now on its way to Governor Schweitzer.

The following is from

by Marnee Banks (Helena)

The Montana Legislature is one step closer to helping ranchers pay for their losses to due to wolf populations.

House Bill 622 would provide $200,000 per year to help pay ranchers for livestock losses.

In 2009, the state paid out $145,000 to ranchers across Montana.

However, the head of the Livestock Mitigation Board says this is just a drop in the bucket compared to the kind of losses Montana ranchers face due to the gray wolf.

Republicans and Democrats both supported the measure in a 42 to 8 vote.

The bill must pass a third reading on Wednesday before heading to the Governor’s desk.

To watch the Senate Floor Session, CLICK HERE.

Source:  KXLH

Posted by Haylie Shipp


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