Nonlethal Workshop in the Rogue Valley!

With the recent lethal removal of wolves in NE Oregon and Washington state, the need for effective nonlethal measures is even more essential. Wolf numbers continue to increase in Southern Oregon and so far this year, I’ve heard of no livestock depredations. Producers in the area have a chance to continue this trend by attending a day long workshop in Medford, Oregon on Friday, September 8, 2017.

The workshop, entitled Predation Management: The Role of Nonlethal Methods, is hosted by USDA Wildlife Services and Jackson County. It will be held at the Jackson County HHS Conference Center, 140 South Holly St. Medford, OR. Attendance is free, but reservations are required. The agenda is available on the Jackson County website.

There is an interesting mix of speakers at the conference. We will hear from Zach Strong, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and our local USFWS Wolf Specialist, John Stephenson, as well as from Wildlife Services staff and members of County Wolf Committees.

A fladry demonstration will be done by Zach Strong, and Dr. Julie Young of Wildlife Services will talk about the use of livestock guardian dogs.

Attend if you can, whether you are a livestock owner or simply someone concerned about the protection of wolves in the Rogue Valley. See the flyer below for details.

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Update on Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made HistoryWe now have a free, online Teacher’s Guide available, complete with Next Generation Science Standards Correlations for grades 3-8! Click here for more details and to purchase a copy. 

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3 thoughts on “Nonlethal Workshop in the Rogue Valley!

  1. The answer is simple. The excess or problem wolves need to be captured and transported to be released in other areas that had wolves but no longer have them. The NE part of the US is a very good place to start. There is a paucity of large predators here capable of efficiently reducing the number of deer. Both the wolves and cougars are gone leaving only black bears which do not kill enough deer to keep them from overpopulating. Black bears kill basically only fawns rarely killing a full grown deer. Wolves on the other hand will kill both the fawn and the doe.

    50 to 100 wolves in say New York state would help immensely in reducing the deer population. We shouldn’t forget cougars either. They are a deer killing machine that average killing around 50 deer per year and places like NY haven’t had any (except mythical ones) for over a century. Just think how wolves and cougars would feast on these deer that haven’t a clue what is going on! There would be some fat wolves!

    There is not an important livestock industry in the NE and there are more deer than nature intended. It is time bring wolves back to all of America. After all, they were here first.

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    • Well there would be less opposition to wolves back east because there is no economic loss due to depredation. There are plenty of deer for them to eat and they were there in pre-Columbian times. Why not there? It’s their natural habitat and there is plenty of food and they won’t have the conflicts with ranchers.

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