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Grants available to keep wolves away from livestock

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture on Thursday said new grants are available for livestock producers in northern Minnesota help prevent wolf attacks.

The grants — from money provided by the 2017 Legislature — provide reimbursement for costs of approved practices to prevent conflicts between wolves and livestock, including purchasing 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; and other measures demonstrated to effectively reduce conflicts.

Applications for this latest round of funding are due by June 29. 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, including bison, cattle, chickens, deer, donkeys, duck, geese, goats, horses, llamas, mules, sheep, swine and turkeys.

The application and more information can be found at mda.state.mn.us/grants/disaster/wolf/wolfconflictprevent.aspx.

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