Managing Wild Predators in the American West

coyote_anikal_shiviktalk2West. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. mammalian predator expert John A. Shivik will discuss the variety of desired outcomes and wildlife management strategies surrounding coyote, wolf, bear, and cougar control and conservation efforts.

Conservation groups highlight the importance of managing natural resources to benefit mammalian predators and other keystone species, while different groups demand the destruction of wildlife in conflict with human interests. As large carnivore species populations expand alongside their human cohabitants, the landscapes on which we animals exist is changing dramatically. Farmers rightfully worry about protecting herds of livestock—and more frequently, non-rural folk are beginning to have less desirable wildlife experiences with meat-eating mammals.

But exactly how useful is lethal force in preventing future conflict with wildlife? How ecologically effective are such removal methods? What other alternatives to lethal removal of predators are out there? Hear more about the costs and benefits of our current management policies, and what scientific evidence has revealed about the topic.

Chintimini Wildlife Center cares for injured and orphaned wildlife with the intention of releasing animals back into their native habitats. Through education and volunteer experiences, they foster connections between wildlife and humans, right here in Corvallis.

For more information about the Sunday, Nov. 13 event or other opportunities with Chintimini Wildlife Center, check out www.chintiminiwildlife.org.

By Matthew Hunt

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