Wildlife Damage Claims

Contact

Cheryl Roberts
Animal Control & By-Law Enforcement Officer
Municipality of Brockton
Box 68, 100 Scott Street
Walkerton, ON NOG 2VO
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If you raise livestock in Brockton and your livestock has been injured or killed by wildlife, you may be eligible to make a claim through the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program.

About the Program

The Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program provides financial assistance to producers whose livestock, poultry and honey bees have been damaged by wildlife. 

The Municipality of Brockton administers this program. Our appointed Livestock Valuers come to your property to access the damage and then submit a report to our office. We submit completed, eligible applications to Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and follow the following guidelines.

Injured Animals

If you suspect your livestock has been injured by wildlife, we strongly suggest you contact your veterinarian to attend to the animal. This may be especially important in the case of bred sheep or goat herds that could be susceptible to aborting after an attack. 

Who is Eligible

  • Be a sole proprietor, corporation, partnership or unincorporated association;
  • Have a valid Farm Business Registration number (FBR) (available from Agricorp) or approved documentation issued by the ministry for new/retired farmers that do not qualify for an FBR number, or have a religious exemption approved by the Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal or a confirmation letter provided by the Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario;
  • Have a Premises Identification number (available from the Provincial Premises Registry) or a confirmation letter provided by the Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario, unless a Premises Identification number is not available in that particular area;
  • The weight of poultry injured or killed must be more than 25 kilograms;
  • Must demonstrate to the Livestock Valuer that reasonable effort has been taken to prevent incidences of wildlife damage to livestock, poultry, beehives, bee colonies or beehive related equipment to be eligible for a claim;
  • Apply for compensation under the program using the application form (supplied by Brockton Livestock Valuer);
  • Be in compliance with and remain in compliance with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws; and
  • Fully cooperate in any audits that may be initiated in relation to any compensation the applicant receives under the program.

The program provides 100 per cent of the value of the loss up to the prescribed maximum compensation values.

For the list of maximum compensation values, please refer to Schedule A of the program guidelines (February 2015).

How to Apply and Timelines

Livestock or Poultry

When you discover that your livestock or poultry has been injured or killed and to the best of your knowledge and belief the injury or death was caused by wildlife you must notify the municipality within 48 hours of discovering the injury or death.

Within 3 days of receiving notification, a Brockton Livestock Valuer will make a full investigation and submit a Program Application to Municipal staff within 10 business days after receiving notification. Municipal Staff will submit the Program Application to OMAFRA and send a copy to you.

The Municipality, you as the owner, or OMAFRA have 20 business days from the time the Program Application is submitted to OMAFRA to request a review by a second valuer. If no requests for review are filed, the Municipality of Brockton will issue payment to you. Please note the  Municipality is not liable to pay more than is required under the program guidelines. Within 12 months of issuing payment to the livestock owner, the Municipality submits a request for reimbursement to OMAFRA.

Beehive, Bee Colony, Beehive Related Equipment

If you discover your beehive, bee colony and/or beehive related equipment has been damaged and to the best of your knowledge and belief this damage was caused by eligible species of wildlife (bear, deer, raccoon or skunk), you must notify an OMAFRA Apiary/Bee Inspector within 48 hours of discovering the damage. Visit the  OMAFRA Bee Inspectors page for a list of Bee Inspectors in Bruce and Grey.

Within 3 days of receiving notification, a Bee Inspector will make a full investigation and then submit a written report within 10 business days after receiving notification to you and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs.

Injury or Death Caused by Dogs

If livestock or poultry damage is caused by a dog that is not habitually kept on the premises of the producer of livestock or poultry, the producer is not eligible for compensation through this program. If damage is caused by dogs, our Animal Control Officer will determine if compensation would be payable in accordance with the Protection of Livestock and Poultry from Dogs Act.

What You Need

We encourage all producers to take three to six (3 to 6) photographs of the injured or killed livestock, including photos of the site  to show the location of the incident in relation to buildings etc. This will assist the livestock valuer in completing their assessment in case they are delayed in visiting the site or weather is a factor.