Peterson Announces Funds to Control Gray Wolves

Mar 19, 2015 Issues: Congressional Issues

WASHINGTON – Congressman Collin C. Peterson today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of Minnesota have agreed to provide $220,000 for wolf management activities in Minnesota. The announcement follows a Peterson-led Congressional effort urging resources be made available for wolf depredation programs.

“This is welcome news for farmers and ranchers who currently don’t have a way to address wolves threatening their livestock. I’m pleased to see the state and USDA come together to address this issue,” Peterson said. “I’ll continue to work in Congress to find a long term solution to return gray wolf management back to Minnesota.”

Under the agreement, USDA and the state of Minnesota will each provide $110,000 to fund wolf damage management activities in Minnesota through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2015.

A December 2014 U.S. District Court decision reinstated gray wolves under the protections of the Endangered Species Act in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. This designation took away the ability for states to manage federally protected gray wolves but did nothing to restore the depredation services needed for individuals to protect their livelihoods. Peterson has introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 884, which would address this issue.

Read the letter requesting wolf management resources.