Check out this paper on carnivore-livestock conflicts.
By Ralph Maughan On May 18, 2007 · 3 Comments · In Coyotes, Predator Control
Carnivore-Livestock Conflicts: Effects of Subsidized Predator Control and Economic Correlates on the Sheep Industry. Conservation Biology.
Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.
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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) …
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.
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.