Livestock Guardian Dogs for Predator Control: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs?
Predators are a major economic threat to sheep production operations in the U.S. Non-lethal depredation tools are often used to mitigate these pressures. Livestock guardian dogs are one of the most popular non-lethal tools employed by sheep operations. However, there has been little research on whether or not these "tools" are worth their cost. In this blog post, I summarize some research conducted using data from California to answer this question.