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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DISTURBANCE ASSESSMENT AND MITIGATION OF GREAT BASIN RANGELAND

Location: Northwest Watershed Management Research

Title: A perspective on livestock-wolf interactions on western rangelands

Authors
item Beck, Stewart -
item Clark, Patrick
item Howery, Larry -
item Johnson, Douglas -
item Kluever, Bryan -
item Smallidge, Samuel -
item Cibils, Andres -

Submitted to: Rangelands
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: April 13, 2012
Publication Date: October 5, 2012
Citation: Beck, S., Clark, P., Howery, L., Johnson, D., Kluever, B., Smallidge, S., Cibils, A.F. 2012. A perspective on livestock-wolf interactions on western rangelands. Rangelands. 34(5):6-11.

Interpretive Summary: The reintroduction of wolves into western U.S. has stimulated considerable debate among concerned stakeholders about the feasibility of harmonizing multiple land-use demands when preservation of a large predator becomes a central management goal. Debates concerning impact of wolves on rangeland livestock production proceed without a scientific foundation, particularly, regarding concerns of altered livestock behavior and consequent changes in resource use. This article seeks to provide a science-based perspective to inform the wolf-livestock on-going debate; and to suggest research approaches that could lead to locally-relevant solutions. Promoting a science-based perspective on this complex issue will help reduce conflict associated with gray wolf reintroduction.

Technical Abstract: The reintroduction of wolves into their historical ranges in western North America is possibly one of the most ambitious ecosystem restoration efforts of the recent past. This initiative has been controversial and has stimulated considerable debate among concerned stakeholders about the feasibility of harmonizing multiple land use demands when preservation of a large predator becomes a central management goal. This article seeks to: a) provide a science-based perspective to inform the wolf-livestock on-going debate; and b) suggest research approaches that could lead to locally-relevant solutions.

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