Klamath Falls, Ore. – The return of wolves to Oregon poses new challenges for ranchers.
A ‘wolf workshop’ at the Klamath County Fairgrounds is helping ranchers to meet those challenges.
There are now at least 124 wolves in Oregon.
Ranchers have been meeting this week in Klamath Falls to find out how to help ease the threat wolves pose to livestock.
Rancher Shella DelCurto is helping to coordinate the event. “My goal is to present a way for ranchers to survive with the wolf that’s been moving into Oregon.”
One of the keys is understanding wolf behavior.
However, State Wolf Coordinator Roblyn Brown of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife notes that it’s the cattle that ranchers may have better control over. “They learn it was a little more proactive, if they actually focused on the cows.”
‘Low stress livestock management’ is one option for protecting cattle. “The way you handle cattle, more the group effect rather than individually on the fly.” Explains DelCurto. “Wolves like to hunt, they’ll take down single animals.”
Other non-lethal options for reducing conflict are also discussed.
“There are a lot of different ways.” DelCurto notes. “They don’t all work for everybody.”
Wolves were once common in Oregon.
They began migrating back into Oregon from Idaho about 10 years ago.
Montana rancher Hilary Zaranek Anderson is sharing her methods for coping with wolves with Oregon ranchers.
“It’s just going to be a matter of that same journey that every producer is going to take that producers in Idaho and Montana already took.” Brown states. “And many of them are very successful.”
The workshop was attended by 28 people.
You can find out more information about ‘Strategies for ranching on a landscape with wolves’, and future workshops here: strategicranchingoregon.com
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.