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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Protecting Livestock from Predators

Predators including coyotes, wolves, foxes, mountain lions, grizzlies, and eagles play vital roles in our ecosystems, and their presence among people creates opportunities and challenges. Predators may provide recreational benefits via observation and photography, and yet they may pose challenges for ranching operations. Integrated solutions to address livestock predation may include modifications of animal husbandry practices and habitat, population management, and novel approaches developed through research.

Are you having predation problems now?

  • Click here to access the U.S. map to get to WS State Program Pages
  • Click here for “How WS Works with Livestock Producers”

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Predators are killing my livestock.  What are my options?

Answer:  We recommend that you consult USDA’s Wildlife Services office in your State.  A State office can be reached by dialing toll free 1-866-4USDA-WS (1-866-487-3297).

For detailed information about the biology and ecology of predators, as well as predation management information for various predator species, the handbook entitled, “Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage” is available online. The handbook has chapters on coyotes, mountain lions, red fox, bobcat, grizzlies, black bears, eagles, feral dogs, and many other species:

Click here for the 23 page booklet, "Lines of Defense: Coping with Predators in the Rocky Mountain Region"


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