Rural West going to the dogs

Anderson, Troy
May 2008
High Country News;5/26/2008, Vol. 40 Issue 10, p9
The article discusses the search for solutions to fight the growing number of feral dogs that are harassing wildlife, livestock and people by local officials in the U.S. Hundreds of feral and free-roaming dogs were responsible for hammering rabbits, quail, mule, deer and other wildlife in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains in California, which led officials to capture them. However, requests to trap, poison and shoot feral dogs cannot be accommodated by the Wildlife Services, the federal agency responsible for predator control, since its focus is on wild predators. According to Tyler Baskfield, spokesman for the Colorado division of Wildlife, people do not realize that loose pet dogs are the ones threatening livestock.


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