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Compensation plan changes leads to troubles for Defenders

[large thumbnail url=”compensation-plan-changes-leads-to-troubles-for-defenders” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”09″ day=”01″] [thumbnail icon url=”compensation-plan-changes-leads-to-troubles-for-defenders” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”09″ day=”01″] The Defenders of Wildlife plans to change their compensation plan due to increased federal funds for reimbursements has led to a heated back and forth.

A change in timing has led to a war of words. The group Defenders of Wildlife is ending its livestock and rancher compensation program after 23 years, as federal money becomes available to cover losses for the first time. The ending of the privately-funded program comes sooner than the original goal of keeping it in place until wolves were removed from the Endangered Species list – wolves have been de-listed and then re-listed.

Idaho Fish and Game Department Director Cal Groen calls the change in timing “a broken promise.” But Suzanne Stone, Northern Rockies representative of Defenders of Wildlife, says the group worked hard to get the federal funding in place. It totals $240,000 for Idaho – in addition to the money her organization has already fronted this year.

“So, in total, they’re looking at coming out far more ahead. The livestock producers, the ranchers, are getting more support for compensation than they’ve ever had before.”

Read the entire article on publicnewsservice.org: Wolf Depredation Funding Shift Becomes a War of Words

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