2008-11-20 / Local & State

Livestock Protection Program

By Greg Strait PENN STATE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

Fulton County will co-host a cooperative livestock protection program on Thursday, November 20, at the Ag Heritage Center in Franklin County. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. and cover programs to protect your livestock, including dairy farms. Harris Glass from USDA - APHIS Wildlife Services will be the primary speaker for the evening.

Wildlife Services (WS), a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, provides federal leadership and expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts that threaten livestock. The cooperative livestock protection program, which is funded by federal, state, and local partners is focused in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Butler, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntington, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. This cooperative program provides producers with technical and operational assistance concerning black vultures, European starlings, Canada geese, and Eastern coyotes. WS technicians are available to provide on-the-ground direct-control services (i.e., DRC 1339, effigies, pyrotechnics, traps, snares, compound 1080 collars, etc.) to producers in the 16 county area at a cost of $250 per year. For more information or to register to attend, contact the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Fulton County at 717.485.4111.

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