02 November 2011 IN THE FIELD: Wolf Workshops In Oregon Posted by: John Motsinger | Leave a comment | Share: Defenders’ wolf expert Suzanne Stone served as a guest lecturer last week for Portland State University’s Wildlife Conflict Management Training Workshop in Wallowa County, Oregon. On Tuesday, attendees toured the Zumwalt Prairie, a high-elevation grassland beneath the Wallowa Mountains and one of the primary corridors used by wolves in Oregon. Suzanne discussed her experience working to restore wolves in the northern Rockies and more recently, working with ranchers and wolf managers to implement nonlethal practices to reduce conflict between wolves and livestock. (See Wolf Coexistence Partnership) Other guest speakers included Ed Bangs, former US Fish and Wildlife Service western wolf coordinator; Russ Morgan, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wolf recovery coordinator; and Jim Akenson, executive director of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. The workshop participants included state, federal and tribal wildlife and environmental agencies. Then on Wednesday, Suzanne participated on a panel of wolf advocates who discussed wolf management and recovery in Oregon. Though Defenders and our conservation colleagues don’t always agree on tactics, we adamantly agree on the overall goal of ensuring that Oregon remains a place where wolves can thrive for years to come. We continue working both together and independently to make sure the state has the resources and plans in place to promote the full recovery of wolves over the long run. And finally on Thursday Suzanne met with ranchers, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wolf managers, and the Zumwalt prairie ranch manager for the Nature Conservancy to discuss ways to further reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock in northeastern Oregon. Tensions have been running even higher this fall since a few area ranchers continue to suffer occasional livestock losses due to wolves. But some are implementing nonlethal deterrents and better husbandry practices instead of just fighting to try to have the wolves killed. This kind of collaboration is key to the long term survival of wolves in Oregon and has been successful in reducing losses of both livestock and wolves. Here are some photos from Suzanne’s trip (all photos courtesy of Suzanne Stone/Defenders of Wildlife): PausePlayPlayPrev|Next Snow-covered Chief Joseph mountain looms in the distance. Cattle ranching is the dominant business in Wallowa Valley. Because you never know when (or where) nature will call Suzanne describes successful tools for reducing conflict between livestock and wolves. Suzanne joined Russ Morgan (left), ODFW wolf coordinator, and Jim Akenson, head of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, for a tour of the Zumwalt Prairie in eastern Oregon. This notice from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is posted to help people identify signs of wolves in the wild. Ranchers, biologists and conservationists are sharing ideas about ways to coexist with wolves on the landscape. Love 'em or hate 'em, wolves are becoming an iconic part of life in eastern Oregon. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?