Bozeman, MT – Compensation paid to ranchers who lost
livestock to wolves set a record in 2006. Defenders of Wildlife, a national environmental group that pays ranchers for confirmed or probable kills of livestock by wolves, wrote checks for 154-thousand dollars last year.
Most of the deaths - with compensation totaling 148-thousand dollars - took place in the Northern Rockies states of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
The rest were in New Mexico and Arizona, where a fledgling group of exican gray wolves has been reintroduced.
Across the West last year, Defenders paid for the losses of 158 cattle, 204 sheep and eight other animals, mostly guard dogs but also a couple of horses.