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Study Debunks Theory That Killing Predators Reduces Livestock Losses


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Study Debunks Theory That Killing Predators Reduces Livestock Losses

Center for Biological Diversity

SILVER CITY, N.M. - Killing predators such as wolves, mountain lions and bears in order to protect livestock may have intuitive appeal, but a rigorous review of multiple studies that was published today shows little or no scientific support that it actually reduces livestock losses. In fact, in some cases it even leads to increases in livestock loss. These conclusions directly counter the reasoning behind the common practice of killing predators in response to livestock depredations — as carried out by the secretive federal program, Wildlife Services, and many state game agencies.

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