Promoting Coexistence
Florida Panther,  © SuperStock
Grizzly Bear, © Ray Rafiti

Working with Ranchers

Working with Ranchers

In many states, ranches operate in prime habitats for ecologically important predators like wolves, grizzly bears, and panthers. Native predators account for a very small percentage of livestock losses, but incidents between wildlife and livestock still often result in efforts to kill predators.

Defenders is a leader in helping ranchers put proven proactive, conflict reduction solutions in place to prevent attacks on livestock. We work to place range riders, livestock guard dogs, and trail cameras in areas of concern to help ranchers know if any predators are nearby. In these areas, we also use nonlethal tools like noisemakers, spotlights, fladry, and temporary electrified corrals to scare wildlife away while keeping the livestock safe. We have worked with ranchers across the country to put these successful methods into practice and as native predators like gray wolves and grizzlies continue to expand into their historical ranges, we will redouble our efforts to prepare local communities to coexist safely with wildlife.

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Prairie dogs are burrowing rodents that live in large colonies in the grasslands of central and western North America.
Gray Wolf, © Dawn Hammond
Fact Sheet
The wolf is the largest member of the canine family. Gray wolves range in color from grizzled gray or black to all-white. As the ancestor of the domestic dog, the gray wolf resembles German shepherds or malamutes.
Where We Work
Our Southwest team works to protect rare and threatened species like Mexican wolves, jaguars and ocelots.