CDFW Wolf Livestock Compensation Grants

In 2021, the California state legislature appropriated $3 million in funding to CDFW to develop a Wolf-Livestock Compensation Pilot Program (PDF)(opens in new tab) to help minimize the impact of wolves on livestock producers. The pilot program offers compensation to eligible livestock producers specific to the following primary areas of need (prongs): Direct livestock loss, use of nonlethal deterrent methods, and indirect losses due to wolf presence near livestock.

IMPORTANT: To date, the Department of Fish and Wildlife has received a total of 102 grant applications for the CDFW Wolf Livestock Compensation Interim and Pilot Program that are projected to exhaust the current fund. As we work to continue evaluation of the submitted applications and process payments, there may not be sufficient funds available for applications submitted from this point forward. For more information or questions, please contact the CDFW Wolf Program at


Direct Loss (Prong 1)

Direct Loss (Prong 1) - Compensation for verified livestock losses (confirmed/probable wolf) incurred on or after September 23, 2021.

Nonlethal Deterrents (Prong 2)

Nonlethal Deterrents (Prong 2) - Compensation for the use of nonlethal deterrence methods to deter wolf presence near livestock. The Department supports the use of various deterrent tools and techniques as part of a robust, integrated deterrence strategy. Technical assistance may be available through CDFW, County Agricultural Commissions, UC Cooperative Extension, USDA Wildlife Service, and other agency partners.

Pay for Presence (Prong 3)

Pay for Presence (Prong 3) - Compensation for indirect losses associated with the impacts of wolf presence on livestock in known pack territory. Extenuating circumstances may exist whereby CDFW will consider eligibility for wolf presence outside of known pack territory on a case-by-case basis.