Payout for wolf and bear losses in Montana in 2008. Losses are trivial-

Some “large” claims are yet to be paid, but this certainly isn’t much — $22,000. Millions of middle income, individual Americans have seen their retirement decline that much this year. This year the tally includes payments for bears as well as wolves over the entire state.

State pays for livestock losses due to wolves, bears– By Jim Mann. The Daily Inter Lake

Although I don’t have the figures, “control” of wolves and bears in Montana consumed far more than $22,000.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

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