- Associated Press - Saturday, March 1, 2014

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - A total of $50,000 is available to some landowners in the Nebraska Panhandle for the installation of wildlife-friendly fence on their properties.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will award up to $1,000 per mile to landowners in the Pine Ridge and Oglala Grasslands regions on a first-come, first-served basis. With a signed contract prior to fence construction, landowners will receive funds to help build fences that both border other properties and those within their property’s boundaries. All projects must be completed by Oct. 31.

To be eligible for the program, boundary fences must be no higher than 42 inches and consist of no more than four wires. Interior fences must have no more than three wires at a maximum height of 38 inches.

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