Funding available for wolf deterrents

By Kelly Ducote, The Observer June 30, 2014 12:47 pm
Union County has been awarded $5,000 for a wolf depredation compensation grant from the Oregon Department of Agriculture. The funding will be utilized for the implementation of livestock management activities, including nonlethal wolf deterrence techniques, to prevent interactions between wolves and livestock or working dogs.
Leonard Erickson, local representative for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, suggests that farmers, producers and landowners bury bone piles on their property to prevent wolves from gathering in those areas.
The Union County Wolf Depredation Committee has applications available for producers to apply for financial assistance with bone pile removal. Funding for Union County producers is available up to 50 percent of the cost of removal with a maximum of $500. Bone piles and property need to be within ODFW identified areas of known wolf activity. Property adjacent to those areas will also be considered.
Additional management activities and wolf deterrents may also be considered for funding. Applications are available at the Union County Administration office, 1106 K Avenue in La Grande, or by calling 541-963-1001.