Oct. 29th, 2013 EMWH hosted:

Tools For Coexistence Between
Livestock & Large Carnivores:
Guard Dogs & Rangeland Stewardship
Page still under construction

The following are resources & links from that presentation

presentation video coming soon

Contact Information: Kathryn 406-579-7748, kathryn@emwh.org

Special thanks to John Steuber, Montana USDA APHIS,
for helping to make this collaborative event possible.


EMWH recognizes that there are many challenges to preserving a healthy, biotic community here in Montana; one of which is predator - human conflicts. By nature, predators do what they are instinctively drawn to do - kill and eat prey. But, for the livestock rancher, who has a vital interest in the welfare of their livestock, predators can be seen as an enemy threat from which property needs to be protected.

Non-lethal predator guard dogs and Rangeland Stewardship offer the livestock rancher an opportunity that is pro-active for predator risk reduction tool, rather than only being able to react to an attack, after the loss occurs. Livestock Guardian Dogs can also be a cost effective method for managing predation. Nothing is foolproof and not every tool will work for every livestock rancher, and their landscape. EMWH would like to present some of the possibilities available to assist the livestock interests in protecting their valued property, while encouraging at least the tolerance, or the acceptance of wildlife predators on the Montana landscape.

This opportunity can not only bridge the gap between predator and livestock, but will hopefully assist in mitigating the human conflicts between wildlife conservationists and ranchers as well.

Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD) / Livestock Protection Dogs / Predator Guard Dogs are not the same as shepherding dogs. LGD are medium sized to large breeds that live permanently with ‘their’ stock, protecting them from anything that they see as a threat through confrontation, disruption and territorial exclusion.

Range riders using rotational grazing at high stocking density and herding with low-stress livestock handling.
Photo by Matt Barnes.

Livestock Guardian Dogs

Michael Marlow, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services Wildlife Biologist/Resource Management Specialist, Fort Collins, Colorado - “Livestock Protection Dogs, Protecting the Resource
(970) 266-6067
Livestock Protection Dogs: Potential Benefits
and Problems with Using Dogs

Livestock Protection Dogs Factsheet
LPD Poster Public Lands

LPD Poster Private Lands

In Spanish
Livestock Protection Dogs Brochure
Livestock Protection Dogs on Private Lands

Julie Young, PhD, Lead Scientist/Principal Investigator/Field Station Leader for the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services National Wildlife Research Center’s Predator Ecology Field Station, Logan, Utah - “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Livestock Protection Dogs as a Management Strategy for Mitigating Livestock Depredations” (Note: EMWH does not advoctate the use of behavioral modification of wolves through the use of shock collars as mentioned on pg. 4, nor the sterilization of our wildlife as mentioned on pg. 5. These ideas were not the thrust of the Tools for Coexistence Presentation, nor Dr. Julie Youngs presentation.)
(435) 245-6091 extension 3110

USDA Serving Montana Ranchers, Farmers

George Edwards, Livestock Loss Board, Helena, MT, Executive Secretary - Montana Livestock Loss Board grants for LGD's and dogfood to assist livestock producers in undertaking proactive, nonlethal activities to reduce the risk of livestock loss from predation by predators.
PO Box 202005, Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-5609

Peggy Duezabou, Sheep rancher, dog trainer and Akbash dog breeder, Silver City, MT. Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology (University of Montana) and a Master of Science Degree in Animals and Public Policy (Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University), worked with LGDs at both the Sheep Experimental Station near Dubois, ID and the New England Farm Center at Amherst, MA.
Margaret A (Peggy) Duezabou,
MS--Animals & Public Policy
PO Box 473, Canyon Creek, MT 59633
(406) 457-9486

Becky Weed, Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool Company, Belgrade, MT - Predator Friendly, Our principal protection against native predators are our guard dogs and llamas and our own vigilance; because we have chosen not to use lethal control methods against coyotes, bears, wolves, mountain lions, our ranch is certified as "predator friendly".
13000 Springhill Road
Belgrade, Montana 59714
(406) 388-4945

Predator Friendly Certification

Rangeland Stewardship

Matt Barnes , Keystone Conservation, Field Director, Rangeland Stewardship - rangeland management specialist and wildlife biologist. Presenting Rangeland Stewardship For Livestock & Predator Co-existence.
Rangeland Stewardship Presentation PDF
High Stock Density Grazing Can Help Prevent Predation Losses In Livestock
104 E Main, Ste 307, PO Box 6733
Bozeman, Montana 59771-9922
Cell (970) 724-9326

Hilary Zaranek, Range Rider and livestock producer - flandry (flagged fencing), handling cattle using low-stress stockmanship techniques on a landscape with both grizzly bears and wolves.
(406) 600-9899

Abby Nelson, Wolf Management Specialist, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Livingston, MT 59047
email: abnelson@mt.gov
cell: (406) 600-5150

Electric fencing

Radio Activated Guard (RAG) Box



Livestock Guardian Dogs - Working on Common Ground from Conservation Media on Vimeo.


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