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200 sam nelson rd
Canton, GA 30114
April 10, 2017
Judges senior project
Cherokee high school
930 Marietta hwy.
My name is Grant Blalock, I am a senior at Cherokee High School. After I graduate I plan on attending Tulsa welding school in Jacksonville Florida and start to put together a small wildlife removal/ predator control business. I chose the topic of welding and wildlife management because I am very interested in both fields and they can merge together. I am currently taking a welding class as one of my electives.
I chose to write my research paper about coyote trapping and how coyotes effect wildlife populations and how the effect farmers. I research and referenced how coyotes damage native species in the south east and how much money coyotes cost farmers yearly in loss of livestock. I found that coyotes are invasive to Georgia and all south eastern states that migrated from the western states in the last fifty years. With this research that I found and as an avid outdoorsman I think with the more predator control companies out there we can help farmers and native species out more in the future.
My product is a coyote holding pen that I built to specifically build to fit into my truck for hauling live coyotes with this product I was able implement welding into predator control. With the help of my facilitator we were able to get measurements of the truck bed and I was able to get insight on how the fabrication process works. With the new holding pen I can haul coyotes in an environment safer for me and the coyotes. I was very pleased with the end result of the product and believe it will serve its purpose well.
My topic and research directly related to the career I am pursuing, after I attend and graduate Tulsa welding school I plan on working for Georgia power while running the small predator control business in my free time. While building my product and removing predators from my family’s property and seeing the bounty of wildlife afterword ensured me that this is the path I want to take with my life. There were several setbacks with the welding materials and learning to use machines I have never used before but after trial and error I became proficient with my equipment both trapping and metal working. I enjoyed the hard work and reward of having a useful product and also being out in nature for several hours a day greatly relives stress.
I am grateful for the experience the senior project provided me with, although challenging it was very rewarding. I was thankful for the facilitator who helped me learn more in the field of metal fabrication and predator removal to help solidify my feeling of pursuing a career in these fields I feel like it helped me get ready for life out of High School, thank you for your time.