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Updated February 2, 2017 7:19 AM | Filed under: Natural Resources
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(UNDATED) - You can help wildlife species such as bald eagles, peregrine falcons, barn owls, box turtles, black bears and more by donating to the Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund as you do your taxes.

In 2016, donations through the tax check-off dropped dramatically. This was most likely due to a change that required donations from tax forms to be on a separate page, Schedule IN-5.

There are more than 750 endangered and nongame animals in Indiana that need your help. Wildlife Diversity personnel within the Division of Fish & Wildlife oversee the management of these species to prevent the loss of wildlife diversity in Indiana. All of the funding comes from Hoosiers like you who donate to the Indiana Nongame Fund. No state tax dollars are used.

This program is also supported by a match of federal funds through the State Wildlife Grants Program. For each $5 donated, another $9 will be added, equaling $14 for wildlife.

This year, a code is also required to donate, which also may complicate the procedure for donating. The Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund code is "200."

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