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Carnivore Depredation
on Livestock

Damage Prevention Cooperative Agreements

WDFW enters into Damage Prevention Cooperative Agreements with landowners to proactively prevent, minimize, or correct damage caused by wildlife to crops or livestock.

Agreements provide:

  • State cost-sharing of proactive preventative methods, including specialized fencing, guard dogs and range riders, hazing equipment, and sanitation (carcass removal, etc.)
  • Wolf location information where available through radio-collared wolf monitoring
  • Permits to kill wolves caught in the act of attacking livestock. These permits can be provided to livestock producers only where WDFW is the lead authority for wolf management (currently the eastern one-third of Washington state), consistent with the Washington Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.  
  • Payment for livestock losses other than those designated confirmed or probable kills or injuries by wolves, including reduced wweight gain, greater than normal losses on open range, reduced pregnancy rates; compensation is based on producer’s records.

Agreements are tailored to individual producer situations, including availability of alternative grazing sites to avoid core wolf activity centers (pup-rearing den and rendezvous sites) and WDFW-radio-collared wolf monitoring information.

Landowners agree to share information regarding wolf activity, livestock behavior, and preventive actions taken, and to allow WDFW staff access to lands owned or controlled for livestock production.

Livestock producers interested in Damage Prevention Cooperative Agreements can contact their local WDFW Wildlife Conflict Specialist, Regional Office, or the wildlife conflict program manager Stephanie Simek at  360-902-2476 or Stephanie.Simek@dfw.wa.gov. Producers will meet with WDFW wildlife conflict specialists currently deployed to cover their area.