MDA Grant Money Available to Prevent Wolf Attacks
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has grant money available to help livestock producers prevent wolf attacks. The program is "officially" called the Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention Grant. The grant program is actually funded through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Grant applications must be emailed or postmarked by 5:00 pm on January 15, 2021. You can get the grant application at the website: www.mda.state.mn.us/wolfgrants.
This grant funding has a 50:50 cost share requirement which means the livestock producer pays for half and the grant pays for half. Examples of eligible expenses include purchase of guard animals, Vet costs for guard animals, installing wolf barriers that could include pens and fencing, installing wolf deterring lights and alarms, calving and lambing shelters and many other measurers that have been shown to reduce wolf livestock conflicts.
"Prevention of wolf attacks is key to limiting livestock losses in the state," said Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Whitney Place. "We thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife for this grant and I encourage Minnesota Farmers and ranchers to examine ways they can decrease the chances of wolf attacks and apply for this funding."
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