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.
Update on Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History: We 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.