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Funds drying up for Michigan’s wolf predation program; budget cuts may hurt farmers

[large thumbnail url="funds-drying-up-for-michigans-wolf-predation-program-budget-cuts-may-hurt-farmers" filename="news" year="2011" month="06" day="20"] [thumbnail icon url="funds-drying-up-for-michigans-wolf-predation-program-budget-cuts-may-hurt-farmers" filename="news" year="2011" month="06" day="20"] LANSING — Federal officials involved in managing the state’s wolves will discontinue their work next month because of federal budget cuts that eliminated funding for the program.

Matt Herrick, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said a resolution passed by Congress this spring eliminated funding for earmarks, “one of which affected wolf predation management programs in a few states — Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.”

“It was $727,000 total, $110,000 of that was designated to Michigan,” he said.

That money funds wolf predation work in the Upper Peninsula currently conducted by the USDA’s Wildlife Services department. Wildlife officials play an integral role in confirming wolf kills on livestock…

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