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29.885 History History: 1989 a. 31; 1991 a. 39; 1995 a. 79; 1997 a. 27; 1997 a. 248 ss. 637 to 641; Stats. 1997 s. 29.885; 1999 a. 32; 2001 a. 56; 2005 a. 82.
29.885 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. NR 12 and ss. NR 19.03, and 19.75, Wis. adm. code.
29.886 29.886 Management of double-crested cormorants.
29.886(1)(1) In this section:
29.886(1)(a) (a) "U.S. depredation order" means the depredation order for double-crested cormorants to protect public resources that was issued by the U.S. department of interior, fish and wildlife service, in 50 CFR 21.48, to reduce or minimize the wildlife damage caused by double-crested cormorants.
29.886(1)(b) (b) "Wildlife damage" means adverse impacts on fish, including fish hatchery stock, wildlife, plants, and their habitats.
29.886(2) (2) The department shall, in cooperation with federal agencies, administer a program in a manner that complies with the U.S. depredation order to control and manage double-crested cormorants in order to reduce wildlife damage caused by double-crested cormorants.
29.886 History History: 2005 a. 287.
29.887 29.887 Wildlife control in urban communities.
29.887(1) (1) The department shall establish a program to award matching grants to urban communities for up to 50% of the costs for projects to plan wildlife abatement measures or to engage in wildlife control efforts or both.
29.887(2) (2) A grant awarded under this section may not exceed $5,000.
29.887(3) (3) The department shall promulgate rules establishing criteria for awarding grants under this section.
29.887 History History: 1997 a. 27; 1997 a. 248 s. 643; Stats. 1997 s. 29.887.
29.887 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. NR 12 and s. NR 19.75, Wis. adm. code.
29.888 29.888 Wolf depredation program.
29.888(1b) (1b) In this section:
29.888(1b)(a) (a) "Federal endangered list" has the meaning given in s. 29.185 (1b) (a).
29.888(1b)(b) (b) "State endangered list" has the meaning given in s. 29.185 (1b) (b).
29.888(1m) (1m) The department shall administer a wolf depredation program under which payments may be made to persons who apply for reimbursement for death or injury caused by wolves to livestock, to hunting dogs other than those being actively used in the hunting of wolves, and to pets and for management and control activities conducted by the department for the purpose of reducing such damage caused by wolves. The department may make payments for death or injury caused by wolves under this program only if the death or injury occurs during a period of time when the wolf is not listed on the federal endangered list and is not listed on the state endangered list. The department may expend moneys under this program for its management and control activities only during a period of time when the wolf is not listed on the federal endangered list and is not listed on the state endangered list.
29.888(2) (2) The department shall establish maximum amounts that will be paid under sub. (1m) depending on the type of animal that suffered the death or injury. If the department determines that the amount available from the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (fv) is insufficient in a given fiscal year for making all of these payments, the department shall make the payments on a prorated basis.
29.888(3) (3) If, after making the payments under sub. (2), there are moneys remaining in the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (fv) for a given fiscal year, the department may use all or part of the remaining moneys in the following fiscal year for management and control of the wolf population activities conducted by the department.
29.888(4) (4) If there are any moneys remaining at the end of a given fiscal year after making the payments under sub. (2) and paying for activities authorized under sub. (3), these moneys shall lapse into the conservation fund, notwithstanding s. 20.001 (3) (c).
29.888 History History: 2011 a. 169; 2013 a. 165 s. 115.
29.889 29.889 Wildlife damage abatement program; wildlife damage claim program.
29.889(1) (1) Definition. In this section, "wildlife damage" means damage caused by any of the following wild animals that are not subject to regulation under ch. 169:
29.889(1)(a) (a) Deer that are not farm-raised deer.
29.889(1)(b) (b) Bear.
29.889(1)(c) (c) Geese.
29.889(1)(d) (d) Turkey.
29.889(1)(e) (e) Sandhill crane if hunting of sandhill cranes is authorized by the department.
29.889(1)(f) (f) Elk, if the department has promulgated a rule that establishes a season for hunting elk.
29.889(1)(g) (g) Cougar.
29.889(2) (2)Department powers and duties.
29.889(2)(a)(a) Assistance. The department shall assist counties in developing and administering the wildlife damage abatement and wildlife damage claim programs. The department shall provide this assistance through technical aid, program guidance, research, demonstration, funding, plan review, audit and evaluation services.
29.889(2)(b) (b) Eligibility and funding requirements; rules. The department shall promulgate rules for eligibility and funding requirements for the wildlife damage abatement program and the wildlife damage claim program in order to maximize the cost-effectiveness of these programs. The department shall also promulgate rules to establish all of the following:
29.889(2)(b)1. 1. Authorized wildlife damage abatement measures and methods for implementing and paying for these abatement measures.
29.889(2)(b)2. 2. Forms and procedures for payment and processing of statement of claims and applications for abatement assistance.
29.889(2)(b)3. 3. Procedures and standards for determining the amount of wildlife damage.
29.889(2)(b)4. 4. A methodology for proration of wildlife damage claim payments.
29.889(2)(b)5. 5. Procedures for record keeping, audits and inspections.
29.889(2)(c) (c) Review of county administration plans. The department shall provide guidelines to counties applying for participation in the wildlife damage abatement and wildlife damage claim programs. The department shall review each plan of administration submitted under sub. (3) (c) and shall approve the plan if it is in substantial compliance with sub. (3) (c) and the rules promulgated by the department under this section.
29.889(2)(d) (d) Administrative funds. The department shall provide funding to each county participating in the wildlife damage abatement program, wildlife damage claim program or both for costs incurred in administering these programs. The amount of funding to be allocated for each county shall be based on the estimate of anticipated administrative costs prepared under sub. (3) (c) 8. but the department shall determine payments based on the actual administrative costs incurred. If actual costs exceed the estimate, the department may allocate additional funding based on criteria and using procedures established by rule.
29.889(3) (3)County administration.
29.889(3)(a)(a) County participation required. Eligibility for the wildlife damage abatement program or the wildlife damage claim program requires participation of the county in the administration of these programs as specified under sub. (4) (a) and (6) (a). The department may not administer a wildlife damage abatement program or wildlife damage claim program on behalf of or instead of a county.
29.889(3)(b) (b) Application. A county seeking to administer the wildlife damage abatement program or the wildlife damage abatement and wildlife damage claim programs shall apply to the department on forms provided by it on or before November 1 for the administration of these programs in the following calendar year or other period specified in the application.
29.889(3)(c) (c) Plan of administration. The application shall include a plan of administration to which the county agrees and in the form required by the department. The plan of administration shall include all of the following:
29.889(3)(c)1. 1. An agreement that the county shall make all records and files relating to the wildlife damage abatement program and wildlife damage claim program, including records and files concerning access of hunters to lands for which a wildlife damage claim is filed, available to the department for audit at reasonable times with the full cooperation of the county.
29.889(3)(c)2. 2. A description of authorized wildlife damage abatement measures, including designation of specifications for woven wire deer fences, for which reimbursement may be provided under the wildlife damage abatement program or which may be recommended under the wildlife damage claim program.
29.889(3)(c)3. 3. A summary of billing, allocation and accounting procedures to be used by the county and the department under this section. These procedures shall be consistent with generally acceptable accounting practices.
29.889(3)(c)4. 4. The procedure or formula to be used to determine land suitable for hunting and other hunting requirements necessary to comply with sub. (7m).
29.889(3)(c)5. 5. The procedures to be used in administering the wildlife damage abatement and wildlife damage claim programs.
29.889(3)(c)6. 6. A commitment that the county agrees to administer the wildlife damage abatement and wildlife damage claim programs so that participants are encouraged to pursue sound conservation as well as normal agricultural practices.
29.889(3)(c)7. 7. A summary of the organization and structure of the agency or unit of the county which is responsible for the administration of the wildlife damage abatement and wildlife damage claim programs.
29.889(3)(c)8. 8. An estimate of anticipated administrative costs, anticipated wildlife damage abatement assistance costs and anticipated wildlife damage claim payments.
29.889(3)(c)9. 9. Other information and conditions the department requires.
29.889(3)(cm) (cm) List of participants. A county that administers the wildlife damage abatement program or the wildlife damage claim program shall maintain a list of participants in the program and shall make the list available for public inspection.
29.889(3)(d) (d) Departmental approval; revocation. A county may not administer the wildlife damage abatement program or the wildlife damage claim program and a county is not considered a participating county for the purpose of administering these programs unless the department approves the plan of administration. The department may revoke its approval if a county does not comply with the plan of administration or this section.
29.889(4) (4)Wildlife damage abatement program; eligibility.
29.889(4)(a)(a) Participating county. In order to be eligible for wildlife damage abatement assistance, the land for which assistance is sought is required to be located in a county which is participating in the administration of the wildlife damage abatement program.
29.889(4)(b) (b) Filing of application. In order to be eligible for wildlife damage abatement assistance, a person is required to file an application with the participating county in a form acceptable to the county. An owner or lessee of land, a person who controls land or an owner of an apiary or livestock may file an application.
29.889(4)(bn) (bn) Type of wildlife damage. In order to be eligible for wildlife damage abatement assistance, the type of wildlife damage to be abated shall be limited to damage to commercial seedings or crops growing on agricultural land, damage to crops that have been harvested for sale or further use but that have not been removed from the agricultural land, damage to orchard trees or nursery stock or damage to apiaries or livestock.
29.889(4)(c) (c) Other eligibility requirements. In order to be eligible for wildlife damage abatement assistance, a person is required to comply with eligibility requirements adopted by the department under sub. (2) (b) and with eligibility requirements specified in the plan administration under sub. (3) (c).
29.889(5) (5)Wildlife damage abatement program; assistance.
29.889(5)(a)(a) Review. A participating county shall review each application for wildlife damage abatement assistance to determine if wildlife damage is occurring or likely to occur.
29.889(5)(b) (b) Assistance. A participating county may provide wildlife damage assistance where wildlife damage is occurring or is likely to occur for the reimbursement of costs associated with wildlife damage abatement measures if the measures are authorized in the plan of administration under sub. (3) (c) 2.
29.889(5)(bm) (bm) Cost-effectiveness of abatement. A participating county may recommend only those wildlife damage abatement measures that are cost-effective in relation to the wildlife damage claim payments that would be paid if the wildlife damage abatement measures are not implemented.
29.889(5)(c) (c) State aid. The department shall pay participating counties 75% of the actual cost of providing wildlife damage abatement assistance if wildlife damage abatement measures are carried out in full compliance with the direction of the county and with funding requirements adopted under sub. (2) (b).
29.889(6) (6)Wildlife damage claim program; eligibility and other requirements.
29.889(6)(a)(a) Participating county. In order to be eligible for wildlife damage claim payments, the land where the wildlife damage occurred is required to be located in a county which is participating in the administration of both the wildlife damage abatement program and the wildlife damage claim program.
29.889(6)(b) (b) Filing of claim; form. In order to be eligible for wildlife damage claim payments, a person is required to file a statement of claim with the department in a form acceptable to the department. An owner or lessee of land, a person who controls land or an owner of an apiary or livestock may file a statement of claim.
29.889(6)(c) (c) Time of filing; deduction. In order to be eligible for wildlife damage claim payments, a person shall file a statement of claim within 14 days after the time the wildlife damage first occurs.
29.889(6)(d) (d) Compliance with wildlife damage abatement measures. In order to be eligible for wildlife damage claim payments for an occurrence of wildlife damage, a person seeking wildlife damage claim payments shall have complied with any wildlife damage abatement measures to abate that wildlife damage that were recommended by the county.
29.889(6)(dm) (dm) Compliance with normal agricultural practices. In order to be eligible for wildlife damage claim payments, a person seeking wildlife damage claim payments shall have managed the seedings, crops, orchard trees, nursery stock, apiaries or livestock which the person is seeking the claim payments in accordance with normal agricultural practices.
29.889(6)(em) (em) Type of wildlife damage. The type of wildlife damage that is eligible for wildlife damage claim payments shall be limited to damage to commercial seedings or crops growing on agricultural land, damage to crops that have been harvested for sale or further use but that have not been removed from the agricultural land, damage to orchard trees or nursery stock or damage to apiaries or livestock.
29.889(6)(f) (f) Other eligibility requirements. In order to be eligible for wildlife damage claim payments, a person is required to comply with eligibility requirements adopted by the department under sub. (2) (b) and with eligibility requirements specified in the plan of administration under sub. (3) (c).
29.889(7) (7)Wildlife damage claim program; payment of claims; limitations and deductions.
29.889(7)(a)(a) Investigation. A participating county shall investigate each statement of claim and determine the total amount of the wildlife damage that occurred, regardless of the amount that may be eligible for payment under par. (b).
29.889(7)(b) (b) Calculating amount of payment. In calculating the amount of the wildlife damage claim payment to be paid for a claim under par. (a), the participating county shall determine the amount as follows:
29.889(7)(b)1. 1. If the amount of the claim is $500 or less, the claimant will receive no payment.
29.889(7)(b)2. 2. If the amount of claim is more than $500 but not more than $5,250, the claimant will be paid 100% of the amount of the claim that exceeds $500.
29.889(7)(b)3. 3. If the amount of the claim is more than $5,250, the claimant will be paid the amount calculated under subd. 2., plus 80% of the amount of the claim that exceeds $5,250, subject to subd. 4.
29.889(7)(b)4. 4. The total amount paid to a claimant under this paragraph may not exceed $10,000 for each claim.
29.889(7)(bm) (bm) If the land where the wildlife damage occurred is located in more than one participating county and the person files a statement of claim with more than one participating county, the amount of the claim, as determined under par. (a), shall be prorated between or among the participating counties based on the amount of wildlife damage occurring in each county.
29.889(7)(d) (d) State aid.
29.889(7)(d)1.1. Except as provided under subd. 2., the department shall pay claimants the full amount of wildlife damage claim payments calculated in accordance with par. (b) and funding requirements adopted under sub. (2) (b) no later than June 1 of the calendar year after the calendar year in which the statement of claims were filed.
29.889(7)(d)2. 2. The department shall pay claimants under subd. 1. from the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (fq) after first deducting from s. 20.370 (5) (fq) payments made for county administrative costs under sub. (2) (d) and payments made for wildlife damage abatement assistance under sub. (5) (c). If the amount remaining after these deductions from the appropriation under s. 20.370 (5) (fq) are not sufficient to pay the full amount required under subd. 1., the department shall pay claimants on a prorated basis.
29.889(7m) (7m)Land required to be open to hunting; penalties.
29.889(7m)(a)(a) Requirements. A person who receives wildlife damage abatement assistance or wildlife damage claim payments and any other person who owns, leases or controls the land where the wildlife damage occurred shall permit hunting of the type of wild animals causing the wildlife damage on that land and on contiguous land under the same ownership, lease or control, subject to par. (ae). In order to satisfy the requirement to permit hunting under this subsection, the land shall be open to hunting during the appropriate open season. The county, with the assistance of the department, shall determine the acreage of land suitable for hunting.
29.889(7m)(ae) (ae) Conditions.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)