Learn how to protect livestock and crops at non-lethal wildlife deterrent workshop

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Benton County Agricultural and Wildlife Protection Program (AWPP) is hosting a free workshop for individuals to learn about non-lethal wildlife deterrents to protect their livestock and crops.

“Farming with Wildlife: Wildlife Friendly Methods to Reduce Conflicts” will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 1:00 – 5:00pm at the Walnut Community Meeting Room, Scott Zimbrick Memorial Fire Station #5, 4950 NW Fair Oaks Drive, Corvallis, OR 97333.

Registration is free and limited to 65 participants. Register online at https://goo.gl/5DevFM.

The workshop program includes presentations from leading experts and a tour of Red Bird Acres, a local farm currently using guardian dogs, portable electric net fencing and Foxlights to protect livestock. Selected topics from the workshop program include:

“Coexisting with North America’s Native Carnivores” presented by Camilla Fox. Fox has 20+ years of experience working on behalf of wildlife and wildlands and is the founder and executive director of Project Coyote—a national non-profit organization based in Mill Valley, California that promotes compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science, and advocacy.

“Nonlethal Solutions to Reduce Conflicts” presented by Keli Hendricks. Hendricks lives and works on a 500-acre ranch where she and her husband manage a cow calf operation. A lifelong advocate for predators, Keli is the Ranching with Wildlife Coordinator for Project Coyote and an expert in non-lethal methods and tools to protect livestock.

“Protecting Livestock in the Oregon Coast Range and The Global Animal Partnership” presented by John Neumeister. Neumeister is proprietor of Cattail Creek Lamb and has 30+ years of experience raising livestock in western Oregon. John and his Benton County production partners are now raising the first wildlife friendly certified lambs in Oregon.

“Using Natural Science and Design to Resolve Conflicts with Beavers” presented by Jakob Shockey. A wildlife biologist and researcher, Shockey is an up-and-coming authority on managing beaver related flooding problems with flow devices in the entire state of Oregon. Beaver State Wildlife Solutions specializes in addressing frustrating conflicts with wildlife with a blend of natural science and design.

In addition to educational outreach and consulting, the Agricultural and Wildlife Protection Program (AWPP) provides a merit-based cost-share reimbursement grant program for non-lethal animal damage control to foster the coexistence of agriculture, livestock and wildlife in the County.

Grant applications are available online at co.benton.or.us/awpp. The application period opened February 1, 2018 and closes April 15, 2018. Grants will be awarded April 30, 2018.

The AWPP is funded by Benton County and managed by county officials in partnership with an advisory committee comprised of citizen volunteers and representatives from Oregon State University Extension Service and Chintimini Wildlife Center.

Workshop flyer: https://goo.gl/f8WHvr

Workshop program: https://goo.gl/mPbRf8

Workshop registration: https://goo.gl/5DevFM