The Township of Perth East Council has appointed Municipal Livestock Valuers whose role is to complete a full investigation within three (3) days of receiving notification from the Clerk of a livestock loss attributed to wildlife.
The Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program provides financial assistance to producers whose livestock, poultry and honey bees have been damaged by wildlife. Under the Program, producers are entitled to make claims to their local municipality for livestock losses attributable to attacks by wildlife species.
Where the owner of livestock or poultry discovers that any of the owner's livestock or poultry has been injured or killed and to the best of the owner's knowledge and belief such injury or death was caused by wildlife, the owner must contact the Township of Perth East Clerk within forty-eight (48) hours of discovering the injury or death. The Township Clerk will immediately notify a municipal livestock valuer.
The municipal livestock valuer will make and complete a full investigation within three (3) days of receiving the notification from the Clerk. When conducting an investigation, the valuer will record such evidence, including the taking of photographs that is reasonably necessary to allow another person to review the evidence and make a conclusion as to whether wildlife caused the injury or death to the livestock or poultry. The valuer will make a report in writing within ten (10) business days after receiving notification and provide to the Clerk for review.
The owner of the livestock or poultry cannot destroy or dispose of or permit to be destroyed or disposed of the carcass of any livestock or poultry reported killed until the valuer has seen the carcass and agrees that the carcasses can be destroyed or disposed (with the exception that an owner is required to dispose of the livestock or poultry because of the requirements set out under Ontario Regulation 106/09).
If the valuer determines that the damage was caused by a dog that is not habitually kept on the premises of the owner of livestock or poultry, the owner is not eligible for compensation through this program. If the damage is caused by dogs, the process set out in the Protection of Livestock and Poultry from Dogs Act shall be followed.
You can find more information on the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program website.