Reintroduction of a top predator such as the Mexican wolf is highly complex and often controversial. It is important to understand the role Mexican wolves are playing on the landscape,
including the potential negative economic impacts on livestock producers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the Interagency Field Team work diligently with affected
stakeholders to prevent, reduce, and compensate for negative economic impacts felt by affected stakeholders in the BRWRA.
Learn how to receive compensation for livestock depredation:
The Service in cooperation with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, established the Mexican Wolf /Livestock Interdiction Trust Fund (Trust Fund) on September 23, 2009.
The objective of the Trust Fund is to generate long-term funding for prolonged financial support to livestock operators within the framework of cooperative conservation and
recovery of Mexican wolf populations in the Southwest. Funding will be applied to initiatives that address management, monitoring, and other proactive conservation needs for
Mexican wolves as they relate to livestock, including alternative livestock husbandry practices, grazing management alternatives, livestock protection, measures to avoid and
minimize depredation, habitat protection, species protection, scientific research, conflict resolution, compensation for damage, education, and outreach activities.
Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council
In April 2011, the Service appointed an 11-member Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council (Coexistence Council), which has the authority to identify, recommend, and
approve conservation activities, identify recipients, and approve the amount of the direct disbursement of Trust Funds to qualified recipients.
To Learn more about the Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council please visit the following links:
Preventing, Reducing, and Compensation for Wolf Livestock Conflicts
The IFT, working with Non-Governmental Organizations, the U.S. Forest Service, and livestock producers implement proactive management activities to assist in eliminating or
reducing wolf livestock conflicts in the BRWRA.