PENDLETON, Ore. — Spots are filling up fast for the Aug. 21 workshop on non-lethal wolf damage management tools and methods at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton.

This workshop is being coordinated by USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services and the Oregon State University Extension Service. Registration is limited to the first 100, so register today by calling the Oregon State University Extension Service in Pendleton at 541-278-5403. The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a break for lunch. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with opening remarks to start at 9 a.m. There is a registration fee of $10 paid at the door, which will include lunch. Cash or check will be accepted.

Presenters will include:

  • Dr. Julie Young and Dr. Stewart Breck of the USDA-APHIS- Wildlife Services/ National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC)
  • Retired USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services Wolf Specialist Rick Williamson
  • ODFW Assistant Wolf Biologist Roblyn Brown
  • ODA Grants Program Administrator Jason Barber

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 Wildlife Services/NWRC’s research on the efficacy of large breed guard dogs and their effectiveness in protecting livestock from bears and wolves will also be provided. This research has recently been expanded to include three sheep operations in Umatilla County. The importance of the non-lethal component of managing wolf damage as it relates to producers being able to be compensated for wolf damage and ODFW being able to identify chronic depredating wolf packs will be discussed. The role that ODA and County Wolf Committees have for assisting producers with the cost of proactive non-lethal methods and compensation for livestock damage attributed to wolves. Wolf damage identification will also be presented. The presentations will be followed by a panel Q&A session.