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LETTERS – for Jan. 18, 2010

Saskatchewan Needs Predator Compensation

There is an urgent need for compensation to livestock owners in Saskatchewan for the loss of animals killed by predators such as coyotes, cougars, bears and timber wolves. It has been due for a very long time.

Manitoba has had a compensation program since 1985 for all classes of livestock. When predators injure or kill, an animal conservation officer confirms the incident and the government pays owners 80 per cent of the fair market value (to a maximum of $2,000).

I am asking all farmers and ranchers who own livestock in Saskatchewan to write and phone their MLA, the Agriculture Producers Association of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan government, asking for a compensation program like Manitoba’s.

GREG HEMMING ESTERHAZY, SASK.

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