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2017 RCGS Independent Research Grant Recipient

Kyle Plotsky
Geographic Determinants of Canid Responses to Depredation Mitigation

A wolf in northern British Columbia (Photo: Bruce McKay/Wikimedia commons)

Widespread killing of wolves (Canis lupus) and coyotes (C. latrans) has been the standard form of wildlife management in Canada and the United States (U.S.) since European arrival. This wildlife control method has eradicated wolves from vast swaths of Canada while being justified as protection of livestock. While it is undisputed that coyotes are causing millions of dollars in damages to livestock in the U.S., evidence shows that lethal control methods have a lack of consistent success. In addition, there is growing evidence that lethal control methods are having a negative impact on the environment and there is also mounting public concern for the welfare of the animals. Public opinion is now pushing for the development and use of non-lethal strategies to manage wolves and coyotes.

Similar to traditional lethal methods, these non-lethal strategies have their own problems with variability and inconsistency. This research will utilize existing literature and research to evaluate how geography and environment may impact the effectiveness of wolf and coyote management strategies being employed in Canada and the U.S.


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