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Wisconsin landing record $16M in federal money for wildlife projects


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin is getting a record $16 million from the federal government for wildlife projects in the current fiscal year.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it was allocating an all-time high of $882 million for fish, wildlife, and recreation projects. And it would be $44 million more if it wasn’t for the federal sequestration cuts ordered on March 1st.

When the sequester is over, that $44 million would go to the states. The $16 million in wildlife projects for the Badger State is $5 million more than the year before.

Also, the state is getting $12 million from the federal sportfish fund. That’s a half-million more than in fiscal 2012.

The wildlife funding comes from excise taxes on guns, ammunition, and archery equipment – and those items are having record sales. The fish fund is financed by an excise tax on rods, reels, lures, and motorboat fuel.