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Special Collection: Lethal Control of Predators- Coexisting with Carnivores

"For 90 years, the American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) has made science-based challenges to widespread lethal control of native mammals, particularly by the United States federal government targeting carnivores in the western states. A consensus is emerging among ecologists that extirpated, depleted, and destabilized populations of large predators are negatively affecting the biodiversity and resilience of ecosystems. This Special Feature developed from a thematic session on predator control at ASM’s 2013 annual meeting, and in it we present data and arguments from the perspectives of ecology, wildlife biology and management, social science, ethics, and law and policy showing that nonlethal methods of preventing depredation of livestock by large carnivores may be more effective, more defensible on ecological, legal, and wildlife-policy grounds, and more tolerated by society than lethal methods, and that total mortality rates for a large carnivore may be driven higher than previously assumed by human causes that are often underestimated."
-Bradley J. Bergstrom, Department of Biology, Valdosta State University.

Carnivore conservation: shifting the paradigm from control to coexistence
Bradley J. Bergstrom

Attitudes toward predator control in the United States: 1995 and 2014
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Gray Wolf mortality patterns in Wisconsin from 1979 to 2012
Adrian Treves, Julia A. Langenberg, Jose V. Lopez-Bao, and Mark F. Rabenhorst

Adaptive use of nonlethal strategies for minimizing wolf-sheep conflict in Idaho
Suzanne A. Stone, Stewart W. Breck, Jesse Timberlake, Peter M. Haswell, Fernando Najera, Brian S. Bean, Daniel J. Thornhill

Cattle mortality on a predator friendly station in central Australia
Arian D. Wallach, Daniel Ramp, and Adam J. O'Neil

Evaluating the principles of wildlife conservation: a case study of wolf (Canis lupus) hunting in Michigan, United States
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