Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag,tamu.edu
Contact: Dr. Maureen Frank, 830-278-9151 ext. 280, firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha Korzekwa, 830-278-6661, Samantha.Korzekwa@ag.tamu.edu
UVALDE – A Carnivore Management Program will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 30 in the auditorium of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde, 1619 Garner Field Road.
“Predator control is a subject of interest to many ranchers and producers,” said Dr. Maureen Frank, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist at the Uvalde center.
Frank is co-hosting the program with Samantha Korzekwa, Derrick Drury and Marcel Valdez, AgriLife Extension agents for agriculture and natural resources in Uvalde, Medina and Zavala counties, respectively.
“AgriLife Extension is providing this program in Uvalde County to help landowners in the area improve their management of carnivores,” Frank said. “The program will cover the biology and ecology of predators along with management techniques.”
Program presenters will be Mike Bodenchuk, state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Texas Wildlife Service, San Antonio, and Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, San Angelo.
“Dr. Tomecek is currently researching the use of livestock guardian dogs to protect livestock, and Mike Bodenchuk has trapped and managed a wide variety of wildlife throughout the world,” Frank said. “They will discuss options and techniques for reducing damage from carnivorous predators, including coyotes, foxes, bobcats and mountain lions.”
Korzekwa said residents of Uvalde, Medina and Zavala counties are all welcome to attend the program.
Cost is $20 and includes dinner. Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one general and one integrated pest management — will be offered to attendees.
RSVP by March 27 to Korzekwa at 830-278-6661.