796-Reduction of Large Predator-Livestock Interactions through Livestock Mortality Composting and Predator Monitoring
Principal Investigator Laura Snell, UCCE- Modoc. Project Cooperators: Kasey DeAtley, CSU, Chico; David Lile, UCCE-Lassen; Dan Macon, UCCE-Placer; Tracy Schohr, UCCE-Plumas.
- Determine the feasibility of composting of livestock carcasses (natural mortalities) and bone while integrating whether compost piles are an attractant to wildlife or other pest species. Compare frequency of visitation by scavengers and predators between compost piles with traditional bone piles and develop and outline for the process, capacity, time-frame and nutrient profile of livestock carcass composting.
- Establish an economic model for composting procedures and benefits (for use upon legalization of composting in California).
- Use research findings to develop policy guidelines for the appropriate use of carcass composting and extend results to livestock producers, UC Cooperative Extension Advisors, regulatory agencies and others.