HELENA – The Montana Livestock Loss Board said on social media that predator kiss are currently at an extremely high volume.
Executive Director George Edwards said in the Facebook post, Federal Wildlife Services specialists are backed-up between two to four investigations, with the number increasing daily.
Ranchers who may have lost an animal to a wolf, grizzly bear or mountain lion are asked to be patient, protect evidence, and take detailed pictures, if possible.
Pictures should include close-ups of bite marks, suspected animal tracks with a tape measure for size, and wide shots of the area.
The board was established by the Legislature in 2007 to provide compensation to ranchers for lost livestock and to encourage them to take preventative steps to reduce predation by bears, wolves, and mountain lions.
The Western District Supervisor is Kraig Glazier, 439-5943 and the Eastern District Supervisor is Dalin Tidwell, 200-2180.
If you can’t reach your local specialist, call the supervisors or their main office in Billings, 657-6464. George Edwards will also try to help from the board office, he can be reached at 444-5609 or 465-9319.
Please share this post with anyone with livestock as this appears to be an extreme situation at this time.