Wildlife Damage Compensation for Livestock Predation

Wildlife Damage Compensation
for Livestock Predation


  • This program compensates producers who suffer losses to eligible livestock due to attacks by designated natural predators.


  • Eligible livestock raised in Manitoba, including:
    • Cattle
    • Horses
    • Sheep
    • Hogs
    • Wild Boars
    • Goats
    • Elk
    • Fallow Deer
    • Bison
    • Llamas
    • Donkeys
    • Ostriches
    • Emus
    • Other Ratites
  • The program compensates for livestock killed or injured from predatory attacks by bears, cougars, wolves, foxes, and coyotes.


  • Assessed values are based on the average commercial market price for each type and class of livestock.
  • Commercial market prices are derived from either the CanFax Weekly Summary or a price list (updated as required) that is recommended by Manitoba Agriculture.
  • Purebred livestock is valued at double the commercial market for animals of the same kind or class.
  • Livestock is valued at the time of death or injury, except young livestock, which are valued at a weight that reflects the earliest practical weaning weight.
  • Commercial and registered purebred values are limited to a maximum of $ per animal.
  • Wildlife compensation is limited to per cent of the value of the loss. (e.g. $ x per cent = $).
  • Example

    A producer discovers and reports to MASC a cow valued at $.

    Maximum per Animal   = $
    Wildlife Damage Compensation
      = $ x per cent
      = $

Coverage (cont'd)

  • Losses also include all reasonable veterinary and medical expenses incurred to treat injured livestock (up to the value of the animal).
  • There is no reduction of payment for producers who carry private insurance.


  • Compensation is per cent of the calculated loss.
  • Compensation up to per cent of the loss is funded per cent by the Government of Canada, and per cent by the Province of Manitoba.
    • Compensation over per cent of the value of the loss is funded entirely by the Province of Manitoba.


  • The producer must contact MASC to register a claim within 72 hours of discovering the attack. All evidence should be preserved for the adjustor to view. An adjustor will assess the loss or injury.
  • Claim assessments are based on the evidence of the attack on the carcass, the attack site, and indicators of the presence of a predator.
  • Damage compensation payments follow the adjustor's determination:
    • Full Payment: there is sufficient evidence to prove a predator attack.
    • One-half Payment: the evidence is inconclusive, but the probable cause of loss is a predator.
    • No Payment: there is no carcass or there is insufficient evidence to prove a predator attack.
  • Claims are normally paid three to four weeks after the inspection is completed.

Other Program Details

  • Producers are expected to use the prevention programs that are available and monitor their livestock to ensure their safety.
  • Producers should call their Manitoba Conservation Officer for prevention assistance.
  • Producers must retain receipts as evidence of treatment expenses for animals (drug and veterinary costs).
  • A carcass is required for a claim to be initiated.




Canadian Agricultural Partnership Manitoba Canada