Carnivore predation of livestock and human-wildlife conflict
Coyote and sheep at HREC, photo by B. Timm
In addition to understanding the consequences of human-wildlife interactions from the perspective of the animal, I am interested in exploring what these growing interactions mean for the people involved. Human-wildlife conflict arises when people experience or perceive wildlife as a threat to their livelihoods, safety, or well-being, and depredation of livestock by wild carnivores creates conflict around the world.
At the Hopland Research and Extension Center, my colleagues and I are studying coyote predation on sheep (collaborators: A. McInturff & K. Rodrigues). We are using GPS collars on carnivores, guardian dogs, and sheep to understand interactions between these three species, and using camera traps and telemetry to understand carnivore responses to other non-lethal deterrents like fences and foxlights. In a related project, we are combining historical records of depredation events and interviews with ranching staff to understand and predict spatial patterns of sheep loss and ultimately inform husbandry.
I am also working with an interdisciplinary team at UC Berkeley to explore the ecological mechanisms of carnivore depredation on livestock. By understanding the context-specific drivers of a given conflict event, we can better target interventions.
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