Wolf culls, in order to prevent livestock predation, have been shown to increase the amount of livestock killed

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Wolf culls, in order to prevent livestock predation, have been shown to increase the amount of livestock killed

Post by Eleanor on Sun Dec 07, 2014 6:49 pm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141203142542.htm

Lethal control of wolves has been found to increase the instances of livestock predation, due to culls being likely to disrupt the social cohesion of the pack. Disruption of the pack can cause the pack to break apart, allowing wolves, who would have been prevented from breeding by the breeding pair of the pack, to breed.
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Post by Lorraine on Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:06 pm

Another interesting article! Although the mechanism is different, I wonder what parallels can be drawn between this study and the culling of badgers? Where badgers have been culled to prevent the spread of TB to cattle, there is a higher incidence in the periphery than there was pre-cull.

However, these reductions are not guaranteed, as removing badgers from an established population changes the behaviour of the survivors. The disturbance caused by shooting or gassing badgers results in artificially changed dynamics inside the sett, forcing the animals to move. Dispersal puts diseased badgers into contact with more healthy ones, and more cattle too. Simply put, unless you kill every single badger, the survivors move around, resulting in an increase in bovine TB. This increase will undoubtedly be more significant with a badly organised, shambolic cull such as we have seen over the past year.

Steve Backshall theguardian.com, Monday 10 November 2014
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Post by Eleanor on Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:10 pm

It'd be an interesting topic to research! Strangely enough, I came across an article this morning on the recent badger cull! Didn't stop to read it, but I'll try to find it later.
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