USDA Offering Predator Damage Management Workshops
January 22, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services program will present a free workshop, Tools for Ranching with Wolves and Other Large Predators, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. in Ingram Hall at the fairgrounds, in McArthur, Shasta County, California

Producers can expect to hear about, and participate in discussions concerning, the practical uses of preventative methods. Presentations will highlight common applications and suggested improvement for nonlethal methods and will introduce new tools available to prevent or reduce predation to cattle, sheep, goats, beehives and poultry.

This workshop will provide the science-based information that goes into developing nonlethal, predator damage management plans. While this workshop will provide information on preventing predation by all predators, time will be spent outlining the methods available to ranchers to address concerns about predation by the newly established gray wolf in California.

Guest speakers will include ranchers from wolf-country in Montana, Oregon and Washington; Wildlife Services' National Wildlife Research Center; California Department of Fish and Wildlife; Defenders of Wildlife; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Registration is required and can be completed by contacting Stacy Schneider at 530-336-5784 or srschneider@ucanr.edu.

The California Wool Growers Association will co-host the event along with the California Cattlemen's Association, California Farm Bureau Federation, California Wolf Center, Defenders of Wildlife and the Fall River/Big Valley Cattlemen's Association Inc.

Additional workshops are planned for Washington, Utah, Nevada, Montana, Oregon, Arizona/New Mexico and North Dakota.