Cut in Predator Control Funding Hampers Ranchers

During its last session earlier this year, the Wyoming State Legislature cut funding for predator control by 30 percent.

 

According to area ranchers like Walt Elms, those cuts are adversely impacting area ranchers as there has been an increase in coyote’s attacks of sheep and other livestock.

 

In response, State Senator Dave Kinskey told Big Horn Mountain Radio that there are a few other legislators on board with plans to put some of those funds back into predator control…

 

At the end of the legislative session, $400K was returned to the program but the cuts have forced counties to layoff trappers and significantly reduce airplane and helicopter flying time.

 

With legislators scrambling to resolve the huge shortfall in funding education, returning program funds in the agriculture sector may not be a priority during the next legislative session.