Our successes in the Wood River Valley and the use of non-lethal deterrents elsewhere have helped reduce wolf depredation and thus the need for compensation payments to ranchers who lose livestock to wolves. This is why we were pleased to announce the sunsetting of Defenders of Wildlife's long-running compensation program last year. As the story indicates, new federal legislation has committed $1 million a year for compensation and non-lethal deterrents. This makes more funding available to ranchers than Defenders was able to provide in the past, and it also allows Defenders to focus its time and resources on expanding our Wolf Coexistence Partnerships beyond the Wood River Valley.
At a time when the wolf issue is so polarized and controversial, it's critical to continue to develop and demonstrate effective, practical solutions that can reduce conflict. This is one of our most important goals.
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