Specialty license plates benefit Montana wolf depredation efforts
Montana’s Livestock Loss Board (LLB) announced Jan. 31 the release of a new specialty license plate intended to raise money for wolf depredation efforts.
The plates, which features the board’s ag-oriented logo, went on sale Jan. 31 at county treasurers’ offices around the state. The plates cost $40, with $20 going to the LLB; subsequent renewals cost just $20.
Established by the State Legislature in 2007, the LLB reimburses livestock producers for livestock killed by wolves. Program coordinator George Edwards said the board has had enough funding to pay for livestock claims, but not enough to pay for prevention efforts.
“We’re real excited, as this is the next step for the board and program,” Edwards said. “Prevention was a key component of the program when it was created, but we’ve never had the funding to do it.”
The board has paid out $418,003 on 879 animals since its inception.
For additional information on the LLB or specialty license plates, please see the board’s Web site at liv.mt.gov/LLB/ or contact Edwards at 406-444-5609 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Montana Department of Livestock