How would grizzly bear predation on livestock be handled? Will livestock growers be compensated for losses to grizzly bear predation?
Livestock growers will be encouraged to follow practices that will not attract grizzly bears. When a report of a suspected grizzly bear predation is received, a federal agent will investigate to document and verify the kill and determine, if possible, the cause. In the event of grizzly bear predation where the bear is judged to be a nuisance, (food conditioned or habitually preying on livestock) it will be removed or destroyed in accordance with a nuisance bear plan that is currently in place for the North Cascades. In other ecosystems, private organizations have set up funds to compensate ranchers and farmers for losses from grizzly bears. This has been discussed for the North Cascades but no firm obligations have been made.