Predation of Livestock and Poultry

Livestock and poultry producers are entitled, under the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program to make claims to the municipality for livestock or poultry injuries and kills due to predation by coyotes, dogs, wolves and other wildlife.

What to do
  1. Notify your nearby Municipal Predation Investigator (Livestock Valuer) within 48 hours of discovering the injury or death of your lifestock or poultry;
  2. Preserve the injury/kill site.  Do not move, destroy or dispose of the carcass(es) or evidence until the investigator agrees it/they can be disposed of or destroyed.  An exception may be made if this contravenes Ontario Regulation 106/09 of the Nurtrient Management Act, 2002
    It is strongly suggested that upon discovery, Owners document the predatory event by taking clear photographs and notes of the carcass and kill site that can be submitted in addition to the photographs taken by the Investigator
3.  If an animal sustained an injury, immediately seek veterinary care or other humane treatment options to prevent
     further suffering. Veterinary care costs are eligible under this program up to the Fair Market Value of the livestock. All
     receipts and invoices should be saved and submitted with the application.
Municipal Predation Investigator contact information

If you believe you have suffered an injury or kill of livestock or poultry due to predation, you should immediately notify a nearby Predation Investigator by calling them directly. If there is no answer from your nearest Investigator, please contact the Clerk.

Township of North Kawartha Contacts
Deputy Chief Building Official contact information:

Phone: 705-656-5186

Building Inspector/By-Law Enforcement Officer:

Phone: 705-656-5166
The claim process

The Predation Investigator has 72 hours from when they are contacted to attend on-site and investigate the predation claim. They will complete a written report and submit it to the Municipal Office within seven business days. The report will detail the type of predator, extent of damage to the livestock or poultry, at least three pictures of the site, and any other evidence to support the report and claim.

Producers are required to provide a valid Farm Business Registration Number, Premises ID Number, and Social Insurance Number to the Predation Investigator, to be included in this report. The livestock owner may also submit additional evidence to support the application such as past sales receipts, breeding records, registration documents, or other photos.

A copy of the report will be mailed to the livestock owner when they received it from the Predation Investigator in the City Clerk's Office.

The City Clerk's Office will forward the report and evidence as supplied by the Predation Investigator to OMAFRA who will review the application. If eligible, a compensation amount will be assigned and the owner will be informed directly by OMAFRA of their decision within 30 business days of submitting a complete application.

Maximum amounts of compensation have been set by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and can be found on the OMAFRA website

The livestock owner has a right to appeal OMAFRA's decision. If no appeal is filed within 20 business days of the compensation amount being assigned, OMAFRA will notify the City to reimburse the livestock owner.


For more information please contact:

Kelly Maloney

Economic Development Officer - Agriculture

705-324-9411 extension 1208

E-Mail the Agriculture Development Officer

What is a Municipal Livestock Predation Investigator:

The municipal livestock predation investigators are appointed by by-law in the Township of North Kawartha and are responsible for:

  • Carrying out a full and impartial investigation within 72 hours of receiving the notification of the injury or death of livestock or poultry.
  • Taking three to six colour photos per eligible kill/injury incurred and collecting all necessary information to accurately complete the application.
  • Municipal investigators are responsible for providing a completed program application to the municipality within seven business days of completing an investigation.

Municipal Investigators typically have several years of experience in some of the following fields:

  • raising livestock,
  • livestock valuation,
  • veterinary care, and/or
  • wildlife tracking and identification.

Experienced Municipal Investigators will be able to provide an opinion on whether the death of livestock (eg: cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, etc.) at a farming operation occurred either by:

  • a wild animal (eg: coyote, bear, raccoon etc.),
  • a dog or other domestic animal,
  • natural causes, or
  • unknown sources due to lack of evidence and/or scavenging.

Municipal Investigators all are required to sign a Code of Conduct and Ethics establishing a foundation for acceptable behaviour, conduct and actions. 

Contact Us

Matt Aldom
Deputy Chief Building Official/By-Law Enforcement Officer
The Township of
North Kawartha
280 Burleigh Street
P.O. Box 550
Apsley, Ontario
K0L 1A0

T. 705-656-5186
T 705-656-4445 ext. 231
Toll Free: 1-800-755-6931 ext. 231
F. 705-656-4446
Email the Deputy Chief Building Official

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