Predation Compensation

Compensation for producers for injury or death to eligible livestock, fowl or specialty animals by predators.

Predation Compensation

This component of the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program provides compensation to producers for injury or death to eligible livestock, fowl or specialty animals by predators.

Compensation details:

  • 100 per cent compensation for death of livestock, fowl or specialty animals due to predation.
  • In the event livestock are injured, producers can receive up to 80 per cent of the animal’s value to cover veterinary costs.
  • If predation is suspected but cannot be confirmed, 50 per cent compensation will be provided.
  • If there is no evidence to prove a predator attack, no payment is issued.
  • Compensation is eligible on predation by coyotes, bears, cougars, lynxs, fox, wolves, bobcats, birds of prey, scavenging birds, raccoons, skunks, badgers, minks, weasels or any other wild animal that causes injury or death to eligible livestock.
  • Minimum values for compensation are $600 for beef calves, $150 for foals, $60 for lambs and $60 for goat kids. 
  • For beef calves, pricing will be determined using market sales data the week before, the week of, and the week after the loss. The producer will be compensated for the highest of these three values. If the market price is lower than the set minimum, the producer will receive the minimum amount.
  • Compensation for other species will be determined using market sales data. Prices are based on a six-month average. For uncommon species, values will be determined on a as-needed basis.
  • Registered livestock, fowl, and eligible specialty animals are compensated at 1.5 times the commercial value. Proof of registration is required.

Eligible Species

Animals eligible for compensation include:

  • Cattle, sheep, goats, bison, horse, hogs (excluding wild boar), elk, fallow deer, llamas and donkeys
  • Ostriches, emus, ducks, geese, chickens and turkeys
  • Other less common species

Producer Obligations

  • Producers must contact SCIC as soon as a predator attack is discovered.
  • Evidence indicating the animal was alive prior to the predator attack is required. Two-thirds of a carcass should be present to evaluate the attack. If this evidence is not present, compensation may not be paid.
  • All evidence of the attack should be preserved for the adjuster to view. Pictures are an acceptable way to record evidence. An adjuster will assess loss or injury.
  • Producers are expected to utilize the prevention programs that are recommended and available to help protect their livestock from predators.
  • Receipts for veterinary costs and drug expenses should be retained as evidence of treatment.
  • Producers with specialty species will be required to provide evidence of the livestock's value.

Claims

  • The producer must contact SCIC as soon as a predator attack is apparent.
  • An inspection is required before compensation is paid.
  • Claim assessments are based on the evidence of the carcass, the attack/kill site and indicators of the presence of a predator.

If the adjuster determines that:

a) There is sufficient evidence to prove a predator attack, the producer will receive full compensation.
b) The evidence is inconclusive, but the probable cause of loss is a predator, the producer will receive 50 per cent compensation.
c) There is no carcass or there is no evidence to prove a predator attack, no payment will be issued.