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Predators and sheep management practices in Sonoma County, California


Over the last twenty-five years, sheep numbers have been declining in Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, at the same time the number of predators has increased. With the removal of most chemical control methods, livestock producers have had to turn to other methods of preventing livestock losses. The objective of this project was to survey livestock producers to determine the levels of predation, type of predator involved, and the management methods being used to reduce these losses. This information is essential to develop a sound extension program to help livestock producers better deal with the predator problem.

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