Pam and Randy Comeleo are devoted to the cause of protecting wildlife. Over the years, they have spent countless hours sharing ideas about non-lethal measures with officials and the public in Benton County, Oregon, where the Comeleos live. They and a group of concerned neighbors have promoted discussions with Oregon State University about alternatives to trapping coyotes with neck snares on the OSU Sheep Center. Randy and Pam have interacted with Wildlife Services, fighting through the web of red tape to obtain ten years of data on wildlife killed in Benton County. The results are staggering-over 738 wild animals, including coyote, bobcat and beavers, have been killed by Wildlife Services in Benton County in the last decade.
The Comeleos’ latest effort involves organizing events led by John A. Shivik, PhD. Shivik is a federal and university researcher on the topic of non-lethal management. His book The Predator Paradox, explores the biological and social aspects of conflicts between humans and wildlife. The public talk will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 7-8:30 PM at the Benton County Public Library in Corvallis. Shivik is also doing a seminar at OSU with Fisheries and Wildlife Department students and faculty. And local farmers will be involved in a private on-site, hands-on discussion with John Shivik on how to protect their livestock without killing predators.
Around the same time, there are workshops scheduled in Southern Oregon and Northern California to help livestock owners curtail problems with wolves. The talks are hosted by the Working Circle Collaborative and we will hear advice from Timothy Kaminsky, Joe Engelhard and Carter Niemeyer. I attended a version of this talk last spring and it was terrific. These workshops are timely, considering the arrival of more wolves into California as well as recent depredations in the Wood River Valley and outside of Ashland.