Defenders of Wildlife blog post on the benefit of non-lethal measures…

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Thanks to Suzanna Asha Stone, I was given the opportunity to create a blog post for Defenders of Wildlife about my time spent volunteering on the Mil-Mar Ranch. This is the ranch where the Rogue pack were responsible for the deaths of three cattle in January of 2018. With the use of fladry and other non-lethal measures, there have been no further livestock deaths at the Mil-Mar.

It was wonderful to have a small part in this success story. Most of the credit goes to John Stephenson, biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. John pioneered the Mil-Mar project and spent untold hours out there keeping things working, watching for the Rogue pack, and communicating with the ranchers in the area. One especially hot day in June he spent at the ranch cutting down long stretches of grass that threatened to short out the turbo-fladry. Proof that a biologist’s job is only rarely glamorous.

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Fladry on the Mil-Mar Ranch

The first thing I do when I arrive at the Mil-Mar Ranch, a 276-acre livestock operation in southwestern Oregon, is find the right stick. The stick I need is two or three feet long and not too thick. It doesn’t need to be very sturdy as it will be used as a tool, not a weapon. I’m not afraid of the wolves and other wildlife the frequent the ranch – I’m trying to help them. (click here for the full article) 



Remote camera photo of OR7 captured on 5/3/2014 in eastern Jackson County on USFS land. Photo courtesy of USFWS.