A free upcoming workshop on integrating non-lethal predation management tools and methods into predation management strategies will focus on wolf predation management. The training will be held in Medford, Oregon, at the Jackson County Health and Human Services Conference Center, 140 S. Holly St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is being coordinated by USDA-Wildlife Services and Jackson County.
The workshop is free and open to the public. For planning purposes and to reserve a seat, please call the Jackson County Health and Human Services Administration Office at 541-774-8200, Option 1, or email them at HHS_Administration@jacksoncounty.org.
Information to be covered during the workshop will include:
- The science behind non-lethal methods and the practical applications of various non-lethal methods integrated into wolf predation management strategies to protect livestock.
- An overview of the on-going Wildlife Services/NWRC’s research on the efficacy of large breed guard dogs and their effectiveness in protecting livestock from bears and wolves.
- Collaborative efforts to manage predation involving predator advocates, agencies and producers.
- The role of the non-lethal component of managing wolf damage in the implementation of the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan administered by ODFW.
- The role that ODA and County Wolf Committees have in dispersing funding from the Oregon Legislature for assisting producers with the cost of proactive non-lethal methods and compensation for livestock damage attributed to wolves.
The presentations will be followed by a panel Q&A session.
Presenters will include: Dr. Julie Young and Dr. Stewart Breck of the USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services/National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC); Zack Strong, Natural Resources Defense Council; John Stephenson, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Wolf Biologist; Jason Barber, Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Grants Program Administrator; and County Wolf Committee Representatives from Douglas, Jackson, and Klamath Counties.