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!

We had nearly 100 participants at the spring Central Coast Rangeland Coalition workshop entitled, “Protecting Critters on Both Sides of the Fence: Practical Techniques for Protecting Livestock and Carnivores.”