Governor Brian Schweitzer (D) Montana.
A day old calf on the Prince Ranch, is valued at $200, by fall it may reach between $500-$600, and at two years old it may reach between $1200-$1300. If the calf is killed and the rancher proves that it was by the wolves, the rancher is compensated for the value at the time of death, not the loss of future income.
Frank Prince is a Montana cattle rancher.
Montana State Capitol building, Helena, MT.
What's left of a calf that ranchers say was killed by wolves on the Prince Ranch near Drummond, MT.
A carcass of a calf that ranchers say was attacked by a wolf.
Ranchers can be compensated for cattle killed by wolves if they prove that wolves were responsible.
Part of proving that a wolf was to blame involves finding the carcass before the wolves finish it.
The gray wolf was taken off of the Endangered Species List in Idaho and Montana back in 2008.
Calves are easy prey for wolves. While most wolves hunt wild game, if they do kill a calf they often come back for more.