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Did Predator Control Go to the Dogs? A 40-year Retrospective

By John M. Tomeček

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In 1980, Green and Woodruff published an article entitled, “Is Predator Control Going to the Dogs?” At that time, the use of Livestock Guardian Dogs (hereafter LGDs) was a relatively new wildlife damage management tool in North America. Although this tool passed the test of time in its point of origin, early North American adopters stepped into a brave new world with little to guide them. In the modern world, knowledge of methods and means of wildlife damage management exists in written texts, films, and other guides. For LGDs, however, such materials did not exist 40 years ago. Over the last few decades, ecologists worldwide began a rigorous program to evaluate the use and effects of LGDs on livestock and natural systems. We now endeavor to update and evaluate the state of LGDs as a wildlife damage management tool in the course of this special issue, asking whether or not predator control "went to the dogs."


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2019
Publication Title Human-Wildlife Interactions
Volume 13
Issue 1
Pages 5-6
DOI 10.26076/m4bh-8128
Language English
Additional Language English
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