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.