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HF 1630

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/27/2019 01:23pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 02/25/2019

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A bill for an act
relating to agriculture; establishing a pilot program to provide grants to prevent
wolf-livestock conflict; appropriating money.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginWOLF-LIVESTOCK CONFLICT PREVENTION PILOT PROGRAM.
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new text begin (a) The commissioner of agriculture may award grants to livestock producers to prevent
wolf-livestock conflicts. Livestock producers located in Minnesota are eligible to apply for
reimbursement for the cost of practices to prevent wolf-livestock conflicts. The commissioner
may establish a cap on the amount a recipient is eligible to receive annually.
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new text begin (b) To be eligible for a grant under this section, a livestock producer must raise livestock
within Minnesota's wolf range or on property determined by the commissioner to be affected
by wolf-livestock conflicts.
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new text begin (c) Eligible wolf-livestock conflict prevention activities include but are not limited to:
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new text begin (1) the purchase of guard animals;
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new text begin (2) payment of veterinary costs for guard animals;
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new text begin (3) the installation of wolf barriers, which may include pens, fladry, and fencing necessary
to protect livestock;
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new text begin (4) the installation of wolf-deterring lights and alarms; and
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new text begin (5) the installation of calving or lambing shelters.
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new text begin (d) Eligible grant recipients must:
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new text begin (1) make a good faith effort to avoid wolf-livestock conflicts;
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new text begin (2) make a good faith effort to care for guard animals paid for under this section;
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new text begin (3) retain proper documentation of expenses;
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new text begin (4) report annually to the commissioner on the effectiveness of the nonlethal methods
employed; and
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new text begin (5) allow follow-up evaluation and monitoring by the commissioner.
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new text begin (e) Grant recipients shall continue to be eligible for depredation payments under
Minnesota Statutes, section 3.737.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $200,000 in fiscal year 2020 and $200,000 in fiscal year 2021 are appropriated from the
general fund to the commissioner of agriculture for wolf-livestock conflict prevention grants
under section 1.
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