How to avert a "perfect storm" of deadlocked funding for the MN Predator Control Program
Post date: Feb 22, 2015 10:16:05 PM
Yesterday's Star Tribune article described a "perfect storm" that's gathering this Spring for Minnesota livestock producers regarding the MN State funding of the Minnesota Predator-Control Program.
Smith, Doug. 2015. "Minnesota Farmers Face a 'Perfect Storm' because of Wolf Ruling." Star Tribune, February 21. http://www.startribune.com/sports/outdoors/293284661.html.
Attached is a proposal to avert the "storm" (which proved unnecessary: see the 3/18/2015 update below).
There was no funding crisis. It was such a "perfect storm," we knew it could only be the MN DNR "storm machine."
All of a sudden--without any changes in State or Federal wolf-management policy or funding rules, the MN DNR freed up its predator-control funds (the funds they wanted us to believe were tied up). All of a sudden, new federal funding appeared (AP 2015).
Problem "no more," MN DNR and U.S. Congressmen heroes. Not.
AP. 2015. "USDA, Minnesota Agree on Plan to Provide $220,000 to Control Wolves That Prey on Livestock." Associated Press, March 18. http://www.startribune.com/local/296755331.html.