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Compensation for Livestock Losses Due to Wolf/Coyote/Dog Predation
Can I claim compensation for livestock killed by coyotes, wolves or dogs?
Under the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program, livestock and poultry producers are entitled to make claims to their local municipality for livestock losses attributable to attacks by wolves, coyotes or dogs.
What do I do if I believe I have suffered a loss of livestock due to predation?
If you believe you have suffered an injury/kill of livestock or poultry due to predation by a coyote, wolf or a stray dog, you should immediately notify a valuer. Do not remove the carcass from the attack site as the valuer will want to examine the area for evidence to help determine the cause of the loss. The Township has appointed the following persons to serve as livestock valuers for Tay Valley Township:
Reporting of livestock kills may also be done by contacting the Township Office at 613- 267-5353 if during business hours.
What happens when I contact the valuer?
The valuer will then immediately attend on-site and make a full investigation and submit a written report within ten days to the Township Clerk. A copy of the report will be provided to you. The valuer’s report provides details regarding the extent of the damage to the livestock or poultry and the amount of compensation claim awarded. The valuer must also state in the report whether or not the livestock or poultry was killed or injured by coyotes, wolves or dogs.
What are the Maximum Amounts of Compensation?
Provincial regulations establish maximum amounts of compensation. View maximum amounts by clicking HERE.
What if I do not agree with the municipal valuer’s report?
If you do not agree with the municipal valuer’s report, you may appeal to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), in writing, within 30 days of receiving the valuer’s report. A cheque or money order for $25, payable to the “Minister of Finance” must accompany the appeal. The $25 fee will be refunded, if the appeal is upheld.
Where do I get more information on predation of livestock?
Further information on predation of livestock can be found at OMAFRA’s website at www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/livestock/
For more information on Animal Control visit this page.
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