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Predators take a million-dollar bite out of Manitoba herds

A series of workshops is planned to help producers fight back

The province is organizing workshops in several communities this fall to assist livestock producers in protecting their stock from wildlife.

“Compensation paid to Manitoba livestock producers for damages due to predator attacks reached more than $1 million last year,” said Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh in a release. “These new workshops will build capacity at the community level to help prevent wildlife from attacking livestock.”

The initiative grew out of a livestock predation protection working group formed last spring with representatives from the Manitoba Beef Producers, Manitoba Sheep Producers, Manitoba Trappers Association, Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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The group developed the workshops to respond to requests for information from producers, hunters and trappers. Workshop agenda items include presentations from government agencies, experts demonstrating predator trapping and snaring techniques, and predator calling and hunting techniques.

The sessions are open to producers, hunters and trappers at no charge, but pre-registration is required:

  •  Sept. 18 in Boissevain at the Beckoning Hills Activity Club. To pre-register, call the Boissevain district office at 204-534-2028.
  •  Sept. 19 in La Broquerie at the La Broquerie Hotel. To pre-register, call the Steinbach district office at 204-346-6110.
  •  Sept. 25 in Fisher Branch at the Ukrainian National Home. To pre-register, call the Hodgson district office at 204-372-6296.
  •  Sept. 26 in Rossburn at the town hall. To pre-register, call the Shoal Lake district office at 204-759-4080.
  •  Oct. 2 in Swan River at the Super 8 Motel. To pre-register, call the Swan River district office at 204-734-3429.
  •  Oct. 3 in Ste. Rose de Lac at the Ste. Rose Jolly Club. To pre-register, call the Dauphin district office at 204-622-2106.

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