Dead or alive? Comparing costs and benefits of lethal and non-lethal human–wildlife conflict mitigation on livestock farms

 J. S. M C M A N U S , A . J . D I C K M A N , D . G AY N O R , B . H . S M U T S  and D . W . M AC D O N A L D

 

Abstract: Livestock depredation has implications for con- servation and agronomy; it can be costly for farmers and can prompt retaliatory killing of carnivores. Lethal control measures are readily available and are reportedly perceived to be cheaper, more practical and more effective than non-lethal methods. However, the costs and efficacy of lethal vs non-lethal approaches have rarely been compared formally.

Thesis Olaf van der Geest
Integrating Livestock Guardian Dogs into flocks. 

Here is the thesis from Olaf van de Geest, I participated in a number of interviews with him on this subject.
He made one error in his thesis that I would like to point out...
I did not pioneer the use of LGD here in Canada.

The first article is one I wrote for a small local newspaper called the Peace Country Sun.
This article focuses on why bounties do not work and suggest some simple management solutions to help decrease predation.

This article is written in a series of articles about what you can do to help reduce predation on your ranch.
Small changes can have a huge impact.

Dead Livestock
(how is that for an oxymororn?)

With Halloween just over, talking about the dead is still acceptable, for now.
Disposing of dead livestock is just one of those unwanted and nasty jobs every livestock owner hates to do. The government of Alberta has a “Destruction and Disposal of Dead Animals” regulation that describes legal ways to dispose of dead livestock in Alberta. The regulation describes five methods to dispose of dead animal’s namely; natural disposal (dumping for scavengers), rendering, burying, composting and burning.  All these have limits as to where, how many, distance to certain objects and site location.

Ranchers, Wolves and the Externalization of Costs 
 by George Wuerthner

We continuously hear the livestock industry talking about “problem” wolves—those animals that attack untended livestock. Yet the real issue is “problem ranchers” who externalize one of the costs of doing business—namely operating a livestock operation in a manner that reduces or eliminates predator opportunity.

This article about "1080" was published by the Peace Country Sun.
Here is the link:
http://www.peacecountrysun.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?archive=true&e=3183167

Do you know what Sodium Fluoroacetate is?

Earth Day has come and gone, some people may have stopped and paused for a moment and thought about our impact on the world, climate change and other environmental issues facing all of us in the years to come. Each and everyone have a responsibility to try to prevent poisonous substances to filter into our environment, ground and water courses. For many years Canadians have been using certain poisons to control “pest” animals, however few understand the impact that these poisons have on the environment.