Wolf-livestock conflicts have increased, and ranchers and environmentalists are gathering data to mitigate the clashes.
So how do you think that is going to come out for the ranchers? Sigh… — jtl, 419
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In recent years, a rebounding wolf population in eastern Washington has stirred controversy. Wolf poaching and livestock-wolf conflicts have increased, forcing local Fish and Wildlife officials, ranchers and environmentalists to come up with ways to find common ground and reduce clashes. One way they’ve done that is to incorporate conflict prevention directly into ranchers’ daily lives: Since 2012, range riders have been tracking both wolves and livestock with GPS collars, following their respective positions on horseback to track and prevent potential conflicts.
For more on Washington’s wolves, read our recent story about the deep political divides their arrival has reopened.
Photo: A range rider keeps track of cattle in the Colville national forest, the territory of the Smackout wolfpack. By Chase Gunnell
A Handbook for Ranch Managers. In keeping with the “holistic” idea that the land, the livestock, the people and the money should be viewed as a single integrated whole: Part I deals with the management of the natural resources. Part II covers livestock production and Part III deals with the people and the money. Not only would this book make an excellent basic text for a university program in Ranch Management, no professional ranch manager’s reference bookshelf should be without it. It is a comprehensive reference manual for managing the working ranch. The information in the appendices and extensive bibliography alone is worth the price of the book.
You might also be interested in the supplement to this Handbook: Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual.