The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan is pleased that the Province has put a freight adjustment in place for producers in the southwest and west-central regions that have been dealing with wildlife damage to stacked forage.

President Ian Boxall says this support for farm and ranch families who have already been hit hard by drought is greatly appreciated.

"The ability to feed livestock with stacked forage is essential, particularly in areas that continue to experience dry conditions.”

He notes wildlife damage is not just a localized issue, adding that APAS would like to see the program expanded to include the entire province.

“Depending on what part of the province you live in, deer, moose, or elk have inflicted havoc on farms, leaving behind ripped grain bags and spoiled grain. And for livestock producers, coyotes and other predatory animals are also a concern."

APAS would like to see the Ministry of Environment provide special hunting licences for Saskatchewan-based landowners/producers with increased tag allocation in areas with high numbers of wildlife damage compensation claims.