Over the past several years wildlife throughout the Wood River Valley has died after eating Japanese yew, an ornamental plant often found in landscaping around homes and businesses across Idaho. Over the last two years, at least 20 elk and 2 moose have died after eating yew. Even with a 2016 Blaine County ordinance, ordinance number 2016-01, that has also been adopted by the cities of Ketchum and Hailey, the plant continues to be found in many parts of the county and in Wood River Valley communities.
To help residents identify Japanese yew, Idaho Fish and Game and their Wildlife Smart Communities coalition partners will offer a 1-hour community presentation on yew identification and removal guidelines. We’ll also talk about other human-wildlife issues happening in Blaine County, such as wildlife entanglements, safety around mountain lions and moose and how to keep black bears from getting access to unsecured residential garbage and becoming food-conditioned.
Register online to reserve your seat. The presentation will be livestreamed and available to view later.