Effective today, an agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of Minnesota states they jointly will provide $220,000 for wolf management activities in Minnesota. "This agreement is great news! MSCA is very pleased with the efforts our association leadership and our leadership in D.C. have taken to ensure Minnesota Family farm have every possible resource to provide protection to their livestock.", Stated MSCA president Tim Nolte. MSCA is pleased that phone and email conversations, along with a letter to Secretary Vilsack have been heard. This news also follows on the heels of Minnesota led Congressional and Senate efforts urging funding be made available for wolf depredation programs.
In a recent press release, Representative Collin Person wrote, "This is welcome news for farmers and ranchers who currently don't have a a way to address wolves threatening their livestock. I'm pleased to see the state and USDA come together to address this issue, " Peterson said. "I'll continue to work in Congress to find a long term solution to return gray wolf management back to Minnesota."
Under the agreement, USDA and the state of Minnesota will each provide $110,000 to fund wolf damage management activities in Minnesota through the end of the fiscal year (FY)2015.
This funding will allow Minnesota Wildlife Services staff to provide operational wolf depredation assistance. Wildlife Services will be able to initiate wolf removal efforts in response to verified wolf damage to domestic animals. Wildlife Services is also available to investigate wolf damage claims at the discretion/availability of the local DNR County Officer as they have in the past.
Please call the Grand Rapids District office to report wolf damage issues: 218-327-3350
Source: Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association