Losses Due to Predation The livestock industry has
consistently been the most vocal and active opponent of wolf recovery.
Until recently, the negotiations between livestock growers and environmental
conservationists were politically stifled at best.
Livestock growers do incur losses due to predators, but with the
instillation of a "Wolf Compensation Trust" by Defenders
of Wildlife, ranching interests can be supported in conjunction
with the reintroduction of wolves. Since the reintroduction in 1995,
wolves in Yellowstone have rarely clashed with ranching interests
and predation on livestock has been low. Environmental groups have
been praised with putting their money where their mouth is.
The Wolf Compensation Trust In 1987 The Defenders
of Wildlife has administered a trust fund by private donation to
compensate ranchers who experience direct losses due to wolf predation,
and offer incentive to allow for tolerance of wildlife. The $100,000
fund compensates ranchers at market value for verified losses to
wolves. Financial compensation usually occurs within 3 weeks of
a reported loss.