- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is giving $200,000 each in wildlife grants to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

The Choctaws will use their money for feral hog control. The Seminoles’ grant is for their tribal wildlife program.

They are the only Southern tribes sharing in nearly $5 million in grants to 29 tribes.

The grants announced Monday ranged from $50,000 to $200,000.

Service Director Dan Ashe says the 100 million acres of tribal lands protect some of North America’s most important remaining blocks of wildlife habitat, and are home to hundreds of species.

The competitive Tribal Wildlife Grants program has awarded more than $72 million since it began in 2003, supporting more than 420 conservation projects.

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