Managing Predators Workshop Offered for Livestock Producers

Male wolf on the prowl

COLUMBUS, Ohio - This Friday, February 24, a research team from the Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources and its Department of Animal Sciences will host a free workshop open to the public about balancing a multitude of interests in animal welfare, carnivore conservation, and livestock management.

The goal of the workshop is to highlight important research developments on livestock-predator interactions, describe the role carnivores play in ecosystems, and identify knowledge gaps that might be relevant for managing human-carnivore conflicts in the eastern United States.

The workshop will be held in the 11th floor Campus Reading Room of the Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave., Columbus, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Our workshop will address balancing food security with animal welfare and carnivore conservation in Ohio by comparing what research has been done out west with what we have here at home,” said Kristina Slagle, postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at Ohio State. “Our landscapes and climate are quite different than what is found in the western United States, where a large portion of the research on these topics has been conducted.”

Workshop sessions will include:

  • The Rise of Public Concern for Wildlife
  • Rearing Livestock in Ohio
  • The Economics of Livestock Predation
  • Carnivore Ecology and Behavior
  • Controlling Carnivores around Livestock

The workshop is open to the public, and audience members from diverse disciplines such as extension, social sciences, agricultural sciences, and wildlife ecology are expected and welcome to attend.

Register for the event by going to http://go.osu.edu/BqZZ

Funding for this program is through InFACT, the Ohio State Discovery Themes Initiative for food and agricultural transformation.

For additional information, contact Kristina Slagle at slagle.44@osu.edu.

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Kristina Slagle
slagle.44@osu.edu
937-470-9374