GFM Network News

Coyotes, wolves and other predators are the focus of a new working group pilot project.

Livestock predation pilot given green light

Producers fighting predation loss got some news they’ve been waiting for Feb. 7

An upcoming pilot project is promising livestock producers some long-awaited answers on predation. Manitoba’s Livestock and Predation Working Group is about to start a three-year research pilot, which has been in the works for years since the working group formed in 2013. The province has announced $300,000 to help launch the Livestock Predation Prevention Project,

Manitoba livestock producers have long-standing issues with livestock predation. They’re hoping a new super-department combining agriculture and some of the former conservation portfolio may help address them.

Livestock predation losses could gain fresh attention

Beef producers hope departmental amalgamation will kickstart action

Manitoba beef producers are hoping a provincial cabinet consolidation will mean action at long last on predation losses. They’ve had a long-standing complaint, but it was an agriculture issue that was under the authority of the provincial Conservation Ministry. Now fish and wildlife management is part of the new provincial Department of Manitoba Agriculture and

Wolves, coyotes, cougars, bears and other predators are responsible for mounting losses for the province’s beef and sheep producers.

Predators taxing livestock ranchers

A working group is eyeing a pilot project to seek solution

Predation losses are mounting, and producer frustration is growing. The issue of livestock kills is once again high on the agenda of beef producers as they gather at district meetings this fall. Wolves and other predators repeatedly take out animals, and aggravation is mounting that solutions to a problem as pressing as this gain so

Beef producers are being asked to fill out a survey on cattle losses during this fall’s district meetings.

MBP seeks producer data on predation losses

Beef operators are urged to fill out a survey and help assess the extent of the problem

Manitoba Beef Producers needs members to put some numbers to what they say is the impact predators are having on the provincial beef herd. They repeatedly hear about losses and producers now make impassioned pleas to have something done about the pressure on herds, particularly from wolf attacks, general manager Brian Lemon told district meetings which


Restricted zone tightens for Algonquin wolf hunting

Farmers will be able to protect their livestock and families from Algonquin wolves in any areas and hunting will only be restricted in areas near four parks, allaying some concerns of farmers after the wolf was declared a threatened species. Kathryn McGarry, Ontario minister of natural resources and forestry, spoke to the Ontario Federation of


Province addresses wildlife predation

Manitoba livestock producers will see an increase to wildlife damage compensation beginning in April

Manitoba livestock producers will soon see higher compensation rates for animals injured or killed by wildlife. Beginning April 1, the maximum value for domestic animals killed or injured by natural predators will increase from $2,000 to $3,000. “Creating an environment for producers to succeed in Manitoba is vital to building strong rural communities in our

New Mexico coyote-hunting contest pits ranchers against wildlife lovers

Reuters / A statewide coyote-hunting contest planned for later this month has caused an uproar in New Mexico, pitting environmentalists against ranchers, as heated words flooded social media networks and thousands signed a petition opposing the hunt as cruel. The furor prompted the Albuquerque gun store owner who originally sponsored the contest to cancel, but

Dogs or donkeys?

Two farms side by side in the coyote-infested Interlake credit 
guardian animals for eliminating losses due to predation

Sheep producers Lorna Wall and Rozanne Nevakshonoff are Interlake neighbours who disagree over whether guardian dogs or donkeys do the best job of protecting their herds. But they do agree on one thing: guardian animals are their best defence against the coyotes, wolves, bears and cougars roaming their sparsely populated farms near Poplarfield. Both say

Coyotes no excuse for staying out of the booming sheep and goat sectors

Gord Schroeder says predation losses can’t be 
totally eliminated, but good management 
can keep them to a minimum

Demand for sheep and goats is sky high and growing — so why aren’t more farmers raising them? The most common reason is fear of coyotes, said Gord Schroeder, executive director of the Saskatchewan Sheep Development Board. “I’m tired of people saying that coyotes are a problem and that’s why we can’t go ahead,” said