New money is available to Minnesota livestock producers to help prevent wolf attacks. The Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention Grants provide $120,000 for the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Applications are due June 29, 2018 to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
The grants provide reimbursement for costs of approved practices to prevent wolf-livestock conflicts. Eligible expenses for the grant program will include any or all of the following items:
- Purchase of guard animals
- Veterinary costs for guard animals
- Installation of wolf-barriers which may include pens, fladry and fencing
- Installation of wolf-deterring lights and alarms
- Calving or lambing shelters
- Other measures demonstrated to effectively reduce wolf-livestock conflicts
“This grant program provides Minnesota livestock owners with additional resources to protect their animals and livelihood,” said Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Andrea Vaubel. “I encourage producers to examine ways they can decrease the chances of wolf attacks, and apply for this state funding.”
Producers must live within Minnesota’s wolf range, as designated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, or on property determined by the Commissioner of Agriculture to be affected by wolf-livestock conflicts. Any animal species produced for profit and documented to have been killed by wolves in Minnesota in the past is eligible. This includes bison, cattle, chicken, deer, donkey, duck, geese, goat, horse, llama, mule, sheep, swine and turkey.
The grant application must be emailed or postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on June 29, 2018. Work for this grant cycle must be done and expenses reported by June 30, 2019. The application and more information can be found at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/disaster/wolf/wolfconflictprevent.aspx.
This is the second round of grants available to the state’s livestock owners after the Minnesota Legislature provided funding to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in 2017. The first round awarded $120,000 to 25 producers in 12 counties of the state. Grantees are using the money for items like fencing, guard animals, and motion lights – all deterrents to wolves.
Allen Sommerfeld, MDA Communications