Montana paying for livestock animals killed by mountain lions

GREAT FALLS (AP) — The Montana Livestock Loss Board is compensating livestock producers for animals killed by mountain lions.

The board’s Executive Director George Edwards says the demand for funding is high, but funding may lower in the future.

The  board was created to cover economic losses from wolf predations and later included confirmed grizzly bear predations.

The board began covering mountain lion predation on Oct. 1.

Since then, it has issued nearly $11,000 for that type of predation alone.

The board is appropriated $200,000 to pay for losses caused by the predators.

It says that when mountain lions were added to the list, its funding did not increase.

Edwards says he was told to pay for wolf and grizzly losses first if he runs short of money.