Budget Cuts Wipe Out Minnesota Wolf Control
The Star Tribune has a write up on how recent U.S. Department of Agriculture budget cuts have wiped out funding to manage wolves that threaten farm animals or pets. The funding cut comes at a difficult time for the state, with rising wolf numbers and calving underway.
The Department of Natural Resources was notified Monday that Congress last month wiped out the U.S. Department of Agriculture's program to remove wolves that attack or threaten farm animals and pets. Only authorized federal trappers are allowed trap or kill the wolves, which otherwise are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act.