Coexisting with Carnivores in Your Community Workshop

  • Where: FISH (Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery) Watershed Science Center Conference Room 125 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027-3803
  • When: September 14, 2016
  • Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Cost: FREE

Western Wildlife Outreach would like to invite the public to Coexisting with Carnivores in Your Community, an open house on nonlethal wildlife management strategies WWO will be hosting on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery located at 125 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA. Earlier that day, the Washington Wolf Advisory Group will be meeting at the Issaquah Holiday Inn to discuss the recent targeted killing of the Profanity Peak wolf pack believed to be responsible for predating on cattle being grazed on a public allotment in Eastern Washington.

WWO anticipates that attendees at that meeting will want to learn more about available alternatives to killing predators by using the right nonlethal deterrents before conflict happens. WWO’s new Large Carnivore Education Trailer and four full-body taxidermy mounts will be at the event as ambassador animals to discuss animal behavior and demonstrate safety precautions. Projects to be discussed will emphasize community outreach, citizen-science and the proper use of nonlethal deterrents, demonstrating ways for people to keep themselves and their domestic animals safe while keeping the State’s largest carnivores wild and wary.

“Large carnivores, like the bears and cougars found around Issaquah and nearby communities, can be good neighbors,” said Lorna Smith, Executive Director of Western Wildlife Outreach. “It’s really about getting folks to properly store and remove food attractants. Bears are attracted to bird feeders, garbage cans and compost piles. Cougars are attracted to areas where deer congregate, which may be where they are being fed or are finding fallen fruit in backyard orchards. It’s never a good idea to feed wild animals, especially carnivores such as bears and cougars.”

Please join WWO’s wildlife biologists, naturalists and trained volunteers in an engaging evening.

Light refreshments will be provided.