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HomeGrazing ManagementPredators and What to Do About Them Part 1

Predators and What to Do About Them Part 1

In the decades since I started raising livestock, I’ve had my share of issues with predators. There was the coyote that ate one of my goat kids. To be fair, we’d named him “Pain” because he was a pain in the butt and he would never hang with the herd. In the end, I think that’s why he was picked off and no one else was bothered. Then there was the attack on a number of goats, described in the first article in this collection. In Loveland, Colorado, I lost two flocks of chickens, one to a bear and the other to a raccoon.

It’s heart-breaking and frustrating to lose animals to predators. It’s also been inspiring. Predators have taught me how to think more creatively when it comes to solving problems.

And that’s the theme of this collection of articles: thinking outside-the-box about predators and how we deal with them. We start with my first predator loss, and then add three articles from folks in Oregon who think differently about predators and the solutions to living with them. I hope they inspire you too!

How Babba Louie Taught Me To Think Creatively About Predators

Tooth and Nail: Ranching With Predators

Coyotes Can Protect Your Livestock From Predators

What Happens If We Don’t Kill Predators?

Plus – a Funny for the Week!

Beware of Coyotes

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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