A Hands-on Resource Guide to Reduce Depredation
A recurrent constraint to pasturing goats is predators, especially wolves. They are a threat in many parts of the world, and are increasing in number in the western part of the United States. As labor costs rise, it can be harder to hire good goat herders. Guard animals and portable electric fences will become more important in goat management.
Authors: Nathan Lance, Steve Primm, Kristine Inman
Contributors: Brainerd Foundation, People and Carnivores,
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wolf specialists,
Wildlife Conservation Society
Graphic artist: Luke Duran. Illustration by Jason Smith
Running livestock in wolf range is challenging. Cost-effective risk management can increase profitability. While there is no silver bullet, there are some proven techniques for reducing risk of wolf-livestock conflict.
The goal of this brochure is to outline different tools that may suit your operation. Your local wildlife agency or other organizations can offer additional help in evaluating and identifying options and may offer cost sharing, materials, or labor to assist your efforts.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.