Interim Wolf Livestock Loss Compensation Grant Program


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Administration Division (CDFW)
Document Title
Interim Wolf Livestock Loss Compensation Grant Program
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
In 2021, the California state legislature appropriated funding through Senate Bill 170, Ch. 204, Statutes of 2021 (Section 52) to the Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to “develop a grant process to allocate funds to pay for the deterrence of wolf presence near livestock, the impacts of wolf presence on livestock, and for verified loss of livestock for participating ranchers.” To address the ongoing economic impacts due to depredation, other impacts associated with wolf presence and the costs of employing deterrence measures, CDFW has developed the Wolf-Livestock Loss Compensation Pilot Program to award grants consistent with each of these three legislative directives.

Contact Information

Scott Gardner
Agency Name
CA Department of Fish and Wildlife
Job Title
Wildlife Branch Chief
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Information

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
14 CCR 15307
Reasons for Exemption
CDFW finds approval of the Wolf-Livestock Compensation Pilot Program to be exempt pursuant to CEQA Guideline section 15307, the exemption for “Actions by Regulatory Agencies for Protection of Natural Resources”. A livestock depredation compensation program was identified as a priority in the 2016 Conservation Plan for Gray Wolves in California. The project complements and supports the Conservation Plan by developing and maintaining a cooperative livestock producer assistance program that assists livestock producers experiencing wolf-related livestock impacts and losses. Compensation programs support the ability of livestock producers to weather the economic impacts associated with wolf depredation events, with other impacts associated with wolf presence and with employing deterrence measures while still allowing producers to maintain the resources and habitat necessary for coexistence of predators and livestock.


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