I would like to say a huge huge thank you to everyone who helped make the depredation prevention workshop possible yesterday! In particular, I would like to thank my co-organizer, Lewis Reed, Grey Hayes and the CCRC Education and Outreach Committee, the Santa Lucia Conservancy, and all the speakers and panelists! Everyone put a lot of time and effort into making yesterday happen and it showed. I would also like to thank all the participants for coming out to the Conservancy and sharing their perspectives and experiences. I know some folks came a long distance to be there, and I really appreciate everyone taking the time to make this such a productive workshop!
During the meeting, we heard talks from ranchers, CDFW, APHIS, and the Puma Project, had a lively panel discussion, and went out in the field to see some of the on-site tools the Santa Lucia Conservancy is using to protect their livestock and wild carnivore neighbors. We had a great turn out, wonderful discussions, and shared some very insightful information and perspectives. I look forward to continuing the discussion in future meetings!