LIVESTOCK GUARDIAN DOGS
Author: Cat Urbigkit
List Price: $19.99
Learn about the brave dogs who help guard livestock around the world!
Wolf populations in the Rocky Mountains have reached recovery goals due in large part to an environmentally friendly method of predator control now in use on western ranches: livestock protection dogs (also called livestock guardian dogs). Although these dogs have been used around the world for thousands of years in primitive systems of livestock production, it’s only in the past four decades that they have been put to work in America in a systematic manner. Guardian dogs were imported to the United States, and their use has allowed the expansion of predator populations into areas where the animals were previously subject to lethal control. The use of guardian dogs is typical wherever livestock may encounter predators—from foxes and coyotes to wolves and grizzly bears.
In Livestock Guardian Dogs, Cat Urbigkit tracks her journeys from a Wyoming sheep ranch to learn about working livestock protection dogs around the globe. Using historical accounts, published research, personal interviews on four continents, and her own experience on western rangelands, she provides the reader with an intimate look into the everyday lives of working livestock protection dogs. Previously published as Brave and Loyal and now available for the first time in paperback, Livestock Guardian Dogs includes details on raising successful guardians, their behaviors, a discussion of breeds and historical use, an assessment of numbers for various predator challenges, the adoption and spread of programs to place guardians on American farms and ranches, problems and benefits associated with guardian dogs, predator ploys, and matching the dog to the predator challenge. Urbigkit’s work provides the best information on working livestock guardian dogs around the globe, accompanied by more than one hundred beautiful color photos.