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Farmers urged to protect winter feed supplies from wildlife

Posted September 18

— The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is encouraging farmers and ranchers to plan ahead to protect hay, grain and winter feed supplies from wildlife.

Producers should store hay in a manner and location that prevents or reduces damage by wildlife. Official say stacking bales rather than leaving them scattered across a field can help reduce damage and make the bales easier to protect. Stacking bales inside a fence, if possible, can prevent wildlife from gaining access to them. Ranchers have also used a protective barrier of round straw bales surrounding their higher quality bales to prevent wildlife damage.

Game and Fish officials say they will assist producers with wildlife depredation problems, but cannot compensate them for losses.

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