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Free lecture, "Sharing the Range: Livestock and Wolves," at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (December 06, 2017)

As part of the Speaking Sustainably lecture series at the Deering Estate, the lecture on Friday, December 15, will be "Sharing the Range: Promoting coexistence of livestock and wolves through the use of non-lethal tactics." The lecture is presented by Greg Hill, Project Coordinator for the Wood River Wolf Project at the Lava Lake Institute for Science & Conservation. There will be a Q&A session following the presentation.

Lectures are presented in the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate and are free and open to the public.

About the lecture
Finding ways for humans and wildlife to coexist in a rapidly changing world is a growing concern for conservation efforts across the globe. As human populations grow and habitat for wild animals shrinks, developing approaches which reduce conflict while not infringing on cherished cultural traditions and livelihoods becomes increasingly important.

In America's Northern Rocky Mountains, wolves and ranching represent a prime example of human-wildlife coexistence issues. Reintroduced into Idaho and Yellowstone National park in 1995, the gray wolf (Canis lupus), is a keystone species, vital to healthy ecosystem functioning. Wolves also occasionally predate on livestock which ranchers depend on for their livelihood. This can create hostility towards wolves and often leads to lethal control measures which hinder wolf conservation and recovery.

In an effort to mitigate the issues surrounding wolves and livestock, the Wood River Wolf Project (WRWP) has developed a series of non-lethal methods to reduce wolf depredation on livestock and thus the need to issue lethal control of wolves. We present an overview of the WRWP's history, strategies, and accomplishments to help provide a model for other communities dealing with human wildlife conflicts.

About the Wood River Wolf Project
The Wood River Wolf Project began in 2008 as a collaborative in central Idaho to promote predator and livestock coexistence.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided Historic House and Natural Areas Tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida. Discover More art, culture, history, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate today!

Greg Hill, Project Coordinator for the Wood River Wolf Project at the Lava Lake Institute for Science & Conservation
Free Lecture: "Sharing the Range: promoting coexistence of livestock and wolves through the use of non-lethal tactics"
December 15, 2017 — 07:00 p.m. - 09:00 p.m.
Deering Estate Visitor Center Theatre
16701 SW 72 Avenue