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Increase wolf damage to farmers and claims, more than a thousand so far in 2019

22/10/2019

Claims for damage to wildlife amount, so far this year in Cantabria, to 1,356, of which the vast majority, 1,057, are related to livestock, and which account for more than 997 records of this type taken to throughout the past year.

These and other data have been provided this Monday by the Minister of Rural Development, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and Environment of the regional government, Guillermo Blanco, before the Plenary Session of Parliament, where he has shown that the wolf's damage has been increasing, in parallel to the claims.

In response to questions from the PP on this issue, the regionalist leader has blamed the increase in claims for damage to livestock to the extension of their payment throughout the regional territory, among other reasons.

And of the 1,057 files opened as of October 9, it has indicated that 27 have already been paid while 264 are approved and pending payment by the insurance company.

In addition, there are 659 pending - 9 of them have been required additional information - and 98 have been dismissed, as detailed by Blanco, who has argued that the payment of damages "works reasonably well" in the region.

In this regard, over the period of payment from the time the claim is submitted until the affected party charges, the regionalist leader has indicated that it ranges between 8 and 12 months, this period being shorter in the case of livestock damage - 8 months on average, with a total processing time that varies between 4 and 12 - and longer in the case of agriculture - 14 on average, with an oscillation of between 8 and 17 months.

The director, who has acknowledged that these terms are "higher" than those that were being registered due to the aforementioned circumstances - increase of the damages and extension of the payment to the whole Community -, nevertheless trusts that they can be shortened and thus recovered the average payment term, which had been between 3 and 6 months until the end of 2018.

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