Grants available to keep wolves away from livestock

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*Staff Note* – A short while ago, a regular reader of Wolf Education International, sent the following comment which pertains directly to this article, although not written to specifically address it:

“Somewhere, sometime ago, someone decided that his or her world was missing something and discovered they didn’t have to go afar to find suitable replacements for it; notwithstanding the fact their and our predecessors had worked tirelessly to ensure that the missing something was never to be sought or returned. Evidently, history is no longer on our side to support centuries of wolf management, practices that worked to ensure that their livestock survival was more important than wolf survival. Back then the peasantry did not eat wolves, instead they chose to feed on their domestic livestock that were a dependable supply of meat, milk and cheese, the same foods that are so important for most of us today. Intuition directs me to the most likely source of this apparent need to restore the missing something; it wasn’t a farmer, rancher or even a politician, but a bureaucrat with ecological credentials!”  

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.<<<Read More>>>