Defenders of Wildlife
Idaho wildlife advocate Suzanne Stone was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Animal Welfare Institute
today as part of its annual Christine Stevens Wildlife Awards
. Stone oversees wolf conservation programs for Defenders of Wildlife
in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, as well as the organization's wolf compensation program, which pays ranchers and farmers for wolf-predation losses.
Stone was one of only five recipients who were honored for what the Animal Welfare Institute described as "innovative strategies for humane, non-lethal wildlife conflict management and study."
In particular, Stone's grant will be used to continue funding research on the efficacy of so-called "foxlights" in reducing wolf-livestock conflict. According to her proposal, Defenders of Wildlife would test a method developed in Australia, where special lighting devices would be deployed near animals in danger of being attacked by predators at night. LED lights inside the "foxlights" would flash irregularly, intended to feign human presence. Stone says the method is "easy to use and affordable," and her group will be able to determine if the lights help reduce loss of livestock.
Defenders of Wildlife has already been testing some of the foxlights, and they hope to publish their findings in 2015.