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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project and the creator of The Wildlife News.

3 Responses to Check out this paper on carnivore-livestock conflicts.

  1. avatar kt says:

    Yep, the goal is always, always, first and foremost to kill predators (or bison or any other creature that is thought to cause a problem) – to show the Power and Control of the livestock industry. Science makes no difference to Woolgrowers (still whining that bighorn sheep don’t get die from contact with domestic sheep) and Cowmen (that badger digs holes and that is Bad so APHIS/Wildlife Services must kill it) …

  2. avatar Eric says:

    Thanks Ralph. I’ll read the whole article soon. I’m dispersing information in my community as well. That would be the Great Lakes and midwest.

  3. avatar Mike Wolf says:

    I only read the abstract so far, but that’s a powerful conclusion.

    I’m very impressed with this article so far. To say that predator control actions aren’t effective industry-wide is powerful against the livestock lobbies. It seems like it could have very profound effects on both predator control programs and compensation programs (I’m against the Defenders’ compenstation program), and also against the organizations that lobby “on behalf of” the livestock producers themselves.

    I’m very anxious to see continued efforts to bring out the truths about the livestock industry…truths such as these are powerful indeed.



‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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