bill includes federal wolf-kill compensation
WASHINGTON (AP) - A public lands bill signed Monday by President
Barack Obama includes a program under which ranchers could get
money from the federal government to compensate them for livestock
killed by wolves.
Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana and Republican Sen. John
Barrasso of Wyoming sponsored the so-called "Wolf Kill Bill,"
which authorizes the federal government to spend up to $1 million
annually on the 5-year demonstration program.
The money also would cover grants to states and Indian tribes to
reduce the risk of livestock attacks, by erecting fences and
improving grazing practices.
Tester said money for the program would likely be split evenly
between compensating ranchers and paying for ways to prevent wolf