EMWH recognizes that there are
many challenges to preserving a healthy, biotic
community here in Montana; one of which is predator - human conflicts.
By nature, predators do what they are instinctively drawn to do
- kill and eat prey. But, for the livestock rancher, who has a
vital interest in the welfare of their livestock, predators can
be seen as an enemy threat from which property needs to be protected.
Non-lethal predator guard dogs and Rangeland
Stewardship offer the livestock rancher an opportunity that is
pro-active for predator risk reduction tool, rather than only
being able to react to an attack, after the loss occurs. Livestock
Guardian Dogs can also be a cost effective method for managing
Nothing is foolproof and not every tool will
work for every livestock rancher, and their landscape. EMWH would
like to present some of the possibilities available to assist
the livestock interests in protecting their valued property, while
encouraging at least the tolerance, or the acceptance of wildlife
predators on the Montana landscape.
This opportunity can not only bridge the
gap between predator and livestock, but will hopefully assist
in mitigating the human conflicts between wildlife conservationists
and ranchers as well.
Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD) / Livestock
Protection Dogs / Predator Guard Dogs are not the same as shepherding
dogs. LGD are medium sized to large breeds that live permanently
with ‘their’ stock, protecting them from anything
that they see as a threat through confrontation, disruption and
Tools For Coexistence Between Livestock
& Large Carnivores: Guard Dogs & Rangeland Stewardship