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Yew Presentation Designed to Save Wildlife and Pets
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Tuesday, April 19, 2022
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

Yew is a beautiful, long-lived coniferous shrub with a bright red berrylike fruit.

But most parts of it are highly poisonous to wildlife, pets and even humans. The ornamental plant, which can be found in some yards throughout the Wood River Valley, has killed dozens of elk, deer and other wildlife over the years.

And this year was no exception.

 In an effort to eradicate it, the Hailey Public Library will host “It’s All About Yew” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21 at the Hailey Town Center adjacent to the library.

Dr. Lynn Kinter, botanist for Idaho Fish and Game, will have samples of yew on hand and will share identification and removal tips.

“Many deer, elk and moose in the Wood River Valley have been killed by eating yew. Although banned throughout Blaine County, yew closely resembles other landscaping shrubs which are not dangerous to wildlife,” said Kristin Fletcher, the library’s programs and engagement manager. “This talk will help homeowners and wildlife lovers learn why yew is dangerous and how to positively identify and safely remove it.”

Kinter has been the lead botanist at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game since 2007.  She has more than 30 years of experience in plant research and resource management, including work with the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

A resident of Boise, she has also taught Botany and Biology at Boise State University. She has BS, MS, and PhD degrees in botany from the University of Idaho, University of Wyoming, and Washington State University.

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