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Obey Secures Funds for Wolf Management Program
Wisconsin Ag Connection

Congressman Dave Obey has helped appropriate just over one million dollars in federal funds to help manage the wolf population and address depredation in northern Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. The Wausau Democrat says the money was secured in the fiscal year 2004 budget, which was approved by the Bush administration earlier this year.

"As the state's wolf population has grown, the attacks and killings of domestic and farm animals have too," Obey said. "This funding will help the Wisconsin DNR provide some relief to the nine northern Wisconsin counties that experienced wolf kills last year."

In 2003, livestock were killed on 13 farms in Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Forest, Price, Rusk and Taylor counties. Obey says the new funding would match the $1.05 million in federal assistance for wolf management that was set aside in last year's federal budget.

The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for investigation and documenting wolf attacks and for providing assistance in resolving complains including capturing and relocating the wild animals.

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