Colo. Hosts Preventing and Managing Livestock Predation Workshop
June 24, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service's Wildlife Services will present a workshop, Preventing and Managing Predation on Livestock, on Thursday, July 14 from 1:30-6:00 p.m. in Montrose, Colo., at the Montrose Pavilion.

Ranchers and predator advocates are invited to learn about using methods to prevent or reduce predation, with a focus on coyote and black bear predation on sheep. Presentations will highlight black bear ecology, population status and management; new guard dog research examining new dog breeds; what research has learned about effectively managing predators to protect livestock on range; and effective integration of herders, guard dogs and range riding to deter predation.

This workshop, co-hosted by USDA Wildlife Services and the Colorado Wool Growers Association, will provide the science-based information that goes into developing integrated predator damage management plans. Information on large-breed guard dog studies, black bear management and the perspective of a sheep rancher using integrated a wildlife management approach will be provided.

Registration is limited to 100 participants. To attend, contact Kimberly Perry at Kimberly.D.Perry@aphis.usda.gov or 303-236-5810. Registration is required to ensure adequate seating but there is no charge for the workshop.

Wildlife Services workshops on wildlife/predation damage management have been presented in California, Oregon, Montana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Idaho and Texas since 2014. Additional workshops are planned for Washington, Utah and Nevada.