Manitoba’s Problem Predator Removal Program assists with the removal of predators (coyote, wolf or fox) that have attacked livestock or that pose an increased risk to human safety. The Manitoba Trappers Association (MTA) delivers the Problem Predator Program (the Program), for the Province of Manitoba. The MTA is currently developing an improved database to more efficiently and effectively deploy predator trappers in response to service requests under the Program.
Manitoba livestock producers suffer annual losses due to predators such as coyotes and wolves. To assist producers in dealing with their losses, Natural Resources and Northern Development’s Wildlife Branch has enlisted the co-operation of the MTA to provide services for the targeted removal of the predators identified to be responsible. On occasion, the province also identifies situations of elevated risk to human safety for which the Program targets the removal of the offending predator(s).
MTA members have the experience to deliver an efficient and effective service that benefits producers and Manitobans. It also demonstrates the benefits of trappers in the community.
- Livestock producers who have experienced livestock damage from wild predators contact the nearest Manitoba Agriculture Services Corporation (MASC) insurance office to register a claim.
- If the claim meets the criteria for compensation under the Wildlife Damage Compensation Program, the producer is provided with a claim number and can then request the services of the Problem Predator Removal Program at no cost.
- The claimant contacts the MTA to request assistance in dealing with the predator problem.
- The MTA assigns a predator trapper to remove the predators identified as responsible for the damage.
- The trapper is paid by MTA for the service. Since funding is limited, trappers are limited to the amount of hours to deal with a specific service request.
- The trapper will investigate the situation and utilize humane methods to remove the problem animal(s).
- Most of the service requests occur in the spring and summer months when livestock young are smaller and more vulnerable to predation.
All members have been mailed a letter and an information request form. Any MTA trapper member can apply to participate in the delivery of the Program. Interested trappers are required to complete the form and return it to MTA within a specified amount of time. The goal is to create a database of our trappers that will more efficiently allow MTA to locate trappers to work in various areas of the Province. If you are a skilled predator trapper, please submit your form as soon as possible! If you are looking to become a skilled predator trapper, please contact MTA to learn about potential training opportunities being developed.