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Pastured Poultry in Bear Country – An Optimist’s Cautionary Tale

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My two pet goats never seem to mind sharing their pasture with the elk. I live right on the edge of
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Liz Greb says:

    Laughed out loud. Love the website, even though I don’t raise livestock. I do; however, try to garden on an acre of high desert sand in Washoe Valley, Nevada. My particular nemeses are rodents, deer and quail which love to try everything I plant and we have the same weather variables as your late snows. This spring it was a late blast of frigid air for a week that seems to have killed outright the little cherry tree that provided it’s first delicious crop only last year.

    I keep thinking about trying chickens, but your cautionary tale has helped bring me back to reality. Keep up the good work.

  2. Karen says:

    Just curious what type of electric fence you are using as we sell to contractors that are bear proofing homes in Tahoe, a contractor who fences dumps in Alaska, bee farmers in CA, and a large pasture chicken farmer in Red Bluff; all of which have great success in keeping out the bears permanently. We would be glad to be of assistance to help you save your chickens from predation. Give us a call! Or email me and we can set up a time to talk.

  3. Ben Berlinger says:

    Good luck Kathy! And i know you won’t take it out on the bears; they are just doing what come natural to them -OBTAINING ENERGY…! Thank you for sharing your experiences.

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