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Ten states to share $1 million to reduce conflicts with wolves

[large thumbnail url=”ten-states-to-share-1-million-to-reduce-conflicts-with-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”05″] [thumbnail icon url=”ten-states-to-share-1-million-to-reduce-conflicts-with-wolves” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”04″ day=”05″] The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced grants will be going to livestock producers to fund non-lethal wolf management projects to reduce conflicts with the apex predator.

Ten different states will receive as much as $140,000 in grants to implement non-lethal wolf management projects to reduce the number of wolf-human conflicts – particularly aimed to reduce the amount of predation on livestock.

The USFWS has selected Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin as the ten states to receive funds from the $1M  which had been appropriated by Congress as part of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009.

Montana, Idaho and Wyoming each received the maximum amounts of $140,000.

Montana was granted over $100,000 for a Montana Livestock Loss Reduction and Mitigation Board, including large grants from conservation groups, such as the Defenders of Wildlife. The funds were supposed to be for reimbursing livestock losses AND create those same non-lethal wolf-control projects to reduce conflicts.

However, not one cent was spent on any non-lethal wolf-control project. So it will be interesting to see if Montana and the other states do anything more than pay livestock owners for losses, and how aggressively the USFWS will enforce the correct usage of the funds.

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