Bozeman officials are saying payments to Montana ranchers for livestock killed by certain wild predators exceeded budget. So you would think too many animals are being killed by predators, but you would be wrong.

Even though we are paying more then expected to ranchers the livestock killed is not as high as projected. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle says the Livestock Loss Board paid out $8,000 in claims over its $200,000 budget, dipping into cash reserves to cover last year's bills.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Story)

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