Saskatchewan Crop Insurance says 28 hundred head of livestock were killed by predators last year in this province.
Coyotes were the main causes of livestock losses at 64 percent. The rest were due to wolves, bears and cougars.
Cougars are more prevalent in western Saskatchewan but Cypress Hills rancher Brooks Whitney sees cougars more of a nuisance than a major problem in his area.
“Our biggest problem with cougars is cattle get uneasy when they are around,” Whitney said. “We winter our calves here and from time-to-time, if a cougar is hanging around, the cattle go through the fence.”
Whitney has 275 cows on his ranch about 40 kilometers south of Maple Creek.
Saskatchewan Problem Wildlife specialist Mike Gollop says cougars are more prevalent on the west side of Saskatchewan.
“They’re not terribly abundant,” Gollop said. “But relative to other areas of the province, certainly the Cypress Hills area has had the most actual incidents. And also in the Meadow Lake, Glaslyn areas. It seems to be a little more on the west side right now. But there have been isolated incidents here and there.”
Compensation will be paid by Crop Insurance for livestock loss provided the adjustor has a carcass to identify.