Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) have introduced federal legislation to line the pockets of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana in their efforts at compensating livestock producers for animals probably maybe killed by wolves.
In addition to compensation:
The proposed bill allows for federal grants to states to help lower the risk of wolf kills by improving fencing and grazing practices, using guard dogs and paying for range riders to protect herds of cattle.
Shouldn’t livestock producers be doing these things anyway ?
Boy, it’s a sure good thing those wolves got re-introduced, otherwise people might start expecting that these people ought have to pay their own costs of production to run a business like everyone else.
If it saves wolves then it’ll be worth it… I suppose, but with the liberal wolf-kill laws on the books it seems there’s little chance of that, and unless I’m way-off-base, there’ll be no requirement for it.
Instead, wolves are being deprived meaningful protections by these states, welfare ranchers are being forked over more subsidies than ever, and the states responsible for non-existent protections for wolves get their cut of federal dollars on top of it all.
Checkout my previous thoughts on compensation programs (they’re not good).