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Coyotes, Compassionate Conservation, and Coexistence

Coyotes, Compassionate Conservation, and Coexistence

Why Ignoring Nature Means Ineffective “Predator Managemen”

Chapter:
(p.119) 8 Coyotes, Compassionate Conservation, and Coexistence
Source:
Ignoring Nature No More
Author(s):
Camilla H. Fox
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226925363.003.0008

This chapter discusses the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) predator control program, which killed over five million animals in 2010. Predators targeted include coyotes, wolves, bobcats, badgers, mountain lions, foxes, and bears. Focusing on coyotes, it is shown that the long-term wanton and rampant killing of these mammals has not had a significant impact on their numbers or predation on livestock. Indeed, recent figures for nonpredator deaths of cattle and calves provided by the USDA show that more than 95 percent are due to disease and other factors, not active predation. It is argued that livestock–predator conflicts are more readily solved by paying attention to the biology of coyotes as well as by using a community-based approach that stresses coexistence and compassion.

Keywords:   predator control program, federal programs, cattle, community-based approaches, livestock predation, compassion, coexistence

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