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3.737 LIVESTOCK OWNERS; COMPENSATION FOR DESTROYED OR CRIPPLED
ANIMALS.
    Subdivision 1. Compensation required. (a) Notwithstanding section 3.736, subdivision 3,
paragraph (e), or any other law, a livestock owner shall be compensated by the commissioner
of agriculture for livestock that is destroyed by a gray wolf or is so crippled by a gray wolf that
it must be destroyed. Except as provided in this section, the owner is entitled to the fair market
value of the destroyed livestock as determined by the commissioner, upon recommendation of a
university extension agent or a conservation officer. In any fiscal year, a livestock owner may
not be compensated for a destroyed animal claim that is less than $100 in value and may be
compensated up to $20,000, as determined under this section. In any fiscal year, the commissioner
may provide compensation for claims filed under this section and section 3.7371 up to a total of
$100,000 for both programs combined.
    (b) Either the agent or the conservation officer must make a personal inspection of the
site. The agent or the conservation officer must take into account factors in addition to a
visual identification of a carcass when making a recommendation to the commissioner. The
commissioner, upon recommendation of the agent or conservation officer, shall determine
whether the livestock was destroyed by a gray wolf and any deficiencies in the owner's adoption
of the best management practices developed in subdivision 5. The commissioner may authorize
payment of claims only if the agent or the conservation officer has recommended payment. The
owner shall file a claim on forms provided by the commissioner and available at the university
extension agent's office.
    Subd. 2. Deduction from payment. Payments made under this section shall be reduced by
amounts received by the owner as proceeds from an insurance policy covering livestock losses, or
from any other source for the same purpose including, but not limited to, a federal program.
    Subd. 3. Rules. The commissioner shall adopt and may amend rules to carry out this section
which shall include: methods of valuation of livestock destroyed; criteria for determination of
the cause for livestock loss; notice requirements by the owner of destroyed livestock; and other
matters determined necessary by the commissioner to carry out this section.
    Subd. 4. Payment; denial of compensation. (a) If the commissioner finds that the livestock
owner has shown that the loss of the livestock was likely caused by a gray wolf, the commissioner
shall pay compensation as provided in this section and in the rules of the department.
(b) For a gray wolf depredation claim submitted by a livestock owner after September
1, 1999, the commissioner shall, based on the report from the university extension agent and
conservation officer, evaluate the claim for conformance with the best management practices
developed by the commissioner in subdivision 5. The commissioner must provide to the livestock
owner an itemized list of any deficiencies in the livestock owner's adoption of best management
practices that were noted in the university extension agent's or conservation officer's report.
(c) If the commissioner denies compensation claimed by an owner under this section, the
commissioner shall issue a written decision based upon the available evidence. It shall include
specification of the facts upon which the decision is based and the conclusions on the material
issues of the claim. A copy of the decision shall be mailed to the owner.
(d) A decision to deny compensation claimed under this section is not subject to the
contested case review procedures of chapter 14, but may be reviewed upon a trial de novo in a
court in the county where the loss occurred. The decision of the court may be appealed as in other
civil cases. Review in court may be obtained by filing a petition for review with the administrator
of the court within 60 days following receipt of a decision under this section. Upon the filing of
a petition, the administrator shall mail a copy to the commissioner and set a time for hearing
within 90 days of the filing.
    Subd. 5. Gray wolf best management practices. By September 1, 1999, the commissioner
must develop best management practices to prevent gray wolf depredation on livestock farms.
The commissioner shall periodically update the best management practices when new practices
are found by the commissioner to prevent gray wolf depredation on livestock farms. The
commissioner must provide an updated copy of the best management practices for gray wolf
depredation to all livestock owners who are still engaged in livestock farming and have previously
submitted livestock claims under this section.
History: 1977 c 450 s 4; 1982 c 424 s 130; 1982 c 629 s 1; 1983 c 247 s 2; 1986 c 444;
1Sp1986 c 3 art 1 s 82; 1988 c 469 art 1 s 1; 1998 c 401 s 11-13; 2000 c 463 s 1,22; 2007 c
45 art 1 s 6