Wildlife damage management

Program Purpose: To provide emergency wildlife damage abatement materials to eligible growers and to increase tolerance of wildlife on private lands.

Eligible Projects: Short term projects are usually in response to an emergency and include issuing shooting permits and temporary fences. Long term projects focus on the development of a cooperative damage management agreement, which may include hunting management, repellent applications, fence construction, and the creation of lure/food plots.

Who May Apply: Owners of stored forage crops, owners of crops damaged by flightless geese, and specialty crop growers, which includes the following crops: fruit, orchards, vegetables, tree farms, nurseries, turf farms, and apiaries.

Priorities: All crop damage projects are considered equally and are handled in the order they are received.

Level of Assistance: Up to $750 for damaged stored forage crops. Up to $500 for damage caused by flightless geese. Up to $3,000 in damage abatement materials per eligible specialty crop grower (landowner, tenant, or parcel). Growers are responsible for costs above this amount.

General Information: This program was initiated by the State Legislature in 1993 to provide landowners relief from wildlife damage. It combines both short and long-term abatement measures that in combination provide the greatest damage reduction at the lowest possible cost. It is funded through the Game and Fish Fund.

How to Apply: Contact your Area Wildlife Manager. Questions may be directed to:

Eric Nelson
1601 Minnesota Drive
Brainerd MN 56401-0030