Pendleton, Oregon, May 13, 2016

On May 13th, a workshop on integrating non-lethal predation management tools and methods with a focus on wolf predation management will be held in Pendleton, OR at the Blue Mountain Community College.  This workshop is being coordinated by USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services and the Oregon State University Extension Service.  Registration is limited to the first 100 individuals who pre-register for the workshop, so register today by calling the Oregon State University Extension Service in Pendleton, OR.  (541) 278-5403.  The workshop will run from 8:00 am – 5 pm with a break for lunch. Registration begins at 8:00 am, with opening remarks to start at 8:30 am.  There is a registration fee of $10 paid at the door, which will include a box lunch.  Cash or check will be accepted.

Presenters will include: Dr. Julie Young and Dr. Stephanie Shwiff of the USDA-APHIS- Wildlife Services/ National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC). John Steuber, State Director for the USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services program in Montana.  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Wolf Biologist, John Stephenson.  ODFW Wolf Biologist, Russ Morgan. ODA Grants Program Administrator, Jason Barber.  Defenders Of Wildlife, Oregon Representative, Quinn Read.  County Wolf Committee Representatives from Umatilla and Wallowa County.

Information to be provided 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. Discussions on the economics of predation and predation management.  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.

Please note that the workshop is open to the first 100 individuals that call the number in the press release to pre-register.