Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention Grants

The Wolf Livestock Conflict Prevention Grant is offered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to help producers protect livestock depredation by wolves. The MDA was appropriated $45,000 for each of State Fiscal Years 2024 (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024) and 2025 (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025) to fund the grant program. We anticipate that 10 grants will be awarded during each fiscal year.

Eligible applicants are livestock producers within Minnesota’s wolf range or on property determined by the commissioner to be affected by wolf-livestock conflicts. The Minnesota wolf range can be found on the DNR website. Grant recipients will continue to be eligible for depredation payments under Minnesota Statute 3.737 and Minnesota Rules Chapter 1515. Eligible projects may include:

  • Purchase of guard animals
  • Veterinary costs for guard animals
  • Wolf-barriers which may include pens
  • Fladry and fencing
  • Wolf-deterring lights and alarms
  • Calving or lambing shelters
  • Chicken and other animal shelters
  • Other projects that will reduce wolf-livestock conflict

Timeline and Deadlines for Grant Program

It is best practice to submit your application at least 24 hours in advance to prevent unforeseen delays. Applications will not be accepted after the grant deadline under any circumstances.

  1. Grant application posted on MDA website October 2, 2023
  2. Questions about the application due no later than 5:00 PM CST December 29, 2023
  3. Applications postmarked or emailed no later than 5:00 PM CST January 5, 2024
  4. Selected grantees announced March, 2024
  5. Work plans approved and projects begin April, 2024
  6. Projects completed by August 31, 2024

Yes, purchase of shelters for other types of livestock is acceptable.