Producer Obligations - Compensation
Crop Damage Compensation
To qualify for crop loss compensation, producers are required to allow hunters reasonable access to farmland where wildlife damage occurs. Situations where it is reasonable to restrict access include:
- Protecting persons, buildings or property
- Protecting livestock in a manner consistent with normal livestock operations
- Controlling and/or restricting vehicle travel
- Managing or limiting the number of hunters
To control and limit wildlife damage, producers must implement reasonable prevention measures. These include:
- Working with SCIC to protect stacked feed, silage, sod farms, market gardens and bales from big game animals.
- Working with the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association and SCIC to protect bee structures.
- Working with the rural municipality to eliminate the beaver problem.
- Using scare cannons to control waterfowl damage.
If recommended preventative measures are not followed, SCIC may limit or deny claims. The Wildlife Damage Compensation Program will not continually pay compensation on beaver claims for the same flooded land. If the producer cannot demonstrate they implemented prevention and/or control methods, they may not be eligible for compensation in future years.
Producers must contact SCIC as soon as a predator attack is discovered. Evidence indicating the animal was alive prior to the predator attack is required. Two-thirds of a carcass should be present to evaluate the attack. If this evidence is not present, compensation may not be paid. All evidence of the attack should be preserved for the adjuster to view. Pictures are an acceptable way to record evidence. An adjuster will assess loss or injury. Producers are expected to utilize the prevention programs that are recommended and available to help protect their livestock from predators. Receipts for veterinary costs and drug expenses should be retained as evidence of treatment. Producers with specialty species will be required to provide evidence of the livestock's value.