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Trends and Management of Wolf-Livestock Conflicts in Minnesota

Table 3


Table 3. Compensation paid by Minnesota Department of Agriculture for livestock destroyed by wolves, 1977-89.

Calendar year
Number
Amount paid ($)
Losses authorized for payment
Claims made
Claims paid
Farmers to whom claims were paid
1977a
10
7
7
$8,668
1 cow, 16 calves, 17 ewes, 76 lambs
1978
28
25
19
22,482
6 cows, 69 calves, 8 ewes, 29 lambs, 124 turkeys
1979
23
23
15
20,773
9 cows, 48 calvesb, 15 ewes, 8 lambs, 2 goats, 5 ducks
1980
32
31
22
20,459
6 cows, 20 calves, 36 ewes, 72 lambs, 1 colt, 1 horse, 56 turkeys
1981
62
62
38
38,606
9 cows, 2 yrl.c, 24 calves, 57 ewes, 205 lambs, 2 pigs, 582 turkeys, 43 geese, 15 ducks, 100 chickens
1982
36
34
29
18,971
1 cow, 1 yrl., 30 calves, 7 ewes, 12 lambs, 640 turkeys
1983
37
34
27
24,867
2 cows, 8yrl., 38 calves, 1 horse, 18 ewes, 11 lambs, 293 pigs, 127 turkeys
1984
33
31
18
19,458
1 bull, 3 cows, 3 yrl., 24 calves, 1 horse, 2 buck sheep, 24 ewes, 82 lambs, 1 pig, 296 turkeys
1985
46
45
28
23,558
1 bull 12 cows, 1 yrl., 20 calves, 1 buck sheep, 42 ewes, 77 lambs
1986
33
32
25
14,444
4 cows, 4 yrl., 22 calves, 10 ewes, 14 lambs, 481 turkeys
1987
45
44
32
24,234
5 cows, 2 yrl., 25 calves, 10 ewes, 4 lambs, 1,817 turkeys, 5 pigs
1988
50
49
30
28,110
4 cows, 5 yrl., 41 calves, 32 ewes, 47 lambs, 292 turkeys, 15 chickens, 1 duck
1989
77
76
40
43,664
1 bull, 6 cows, 3 yrl., 52 calves, 13 ewes, 32 lambs, 1,866 turkeys
Mean ISD
1977-86
34±12.96
32.4±13.5
22.8±8.17
21,228.60±7,314.64
 
1977-89
39.4±16.48
37.9±16.98
25.4±8.83
23,714.92±8,833.55
 

aFigures for 1977 probably under-represent losses because of the 1 July starting date and low public awareness of program.
bAbout 35 of these calves were only missing; no remains were found, nor was there evidence that they had been killed by wolves even though wolves may have been near the farm.
cYrl. = Yearling cattle.

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