Updated: 01/08/2014 3:45 PM
Created: 01/08/2014 10:50 AM WDIO.com
ONTONAGON, Mich. (AP) - Records show that the U.S. government paid more than $200,000 to help an Upper Peninsula farmer protect his cattle from wolves.
MLive.com reported the estimate, citing documents it reviewed. The news organization says much is in administrative time and field work, besides about $38,000 in cash for cattle-loss claims and other assistance.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials have said John Koski's heavy livestock losses weren't the primary reason for last year's first wolf hunt in Michigan since the animal was placed on the endangered species list nearly four decades ago.
The Associated Press left a message Wednesday seeking comment with his attorney, Matthew Tingstad.
Last year, Koski was charged with animal cruelty involving donkeys the state supplied to protect his cattle from wolves.
Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com
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