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Wolf recovery funding
by Cat Urbigkit
April 5, 2010

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annual report 2009 for the Northern Rocky Mountain wolf recovery program includes estimates of wolf recovery funding:

"Total Federal Funding- Wolf recovery has been almost entirely funded by federal appropriations and some private donations.

"In FY09 about $3,763,000 in federal taxpayer funding was spent on wolf recovery and management in the Northern Rocky Mountains (NRM).

"Wolf recovery and management in the NRM from 1974, when wolves became listed, through 2009 cost approximately $35,731,000 in federal funding (rounded to nearest $1,000, with no adjustments for inflation and not including USDA Wildlife Services (WS) costs for investigating reports of suspected wolf damage and problem wolf control beyond the $100,000/year provided by the USFWS to WS from 1992-2004).

"Wolf management in the NRM in FY 2010 will cost federal taxpayers an estimated $4,206,000.

"These annual cost estimates do not include the substantial resources provided from the Department of the Interior Solicitors Office nor the Department of Justice for legal assistance and defense during litigation."

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