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A coyote hunts mice at Riding Mountain. Researchers are looking for Manitoba producers to participate in a predation study.

Researchers take aim at reducing losses to livestock predation

Research: News Roundup from the November 2019 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Manitoba researchers are looking for beef producers interested in trying different strategies to reduce predation losses. The study will look at methods to gauge predation risk on a producer’s operation while also examining ways to monitor and deter predators. Melanie Dubois, senior riparian and biodiversity biologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, says that the methods […] Read more

Ontario plugs holes in wildlife compensation plan

Ontario’s agriculture ministry has patched a glitch in its wildlife damage compensation program, in which farmers’ claims risked rejection over the validity of their farm business registrations. “We heard livestock farmers’ concerns with the program so we’re making the first changes effective immediately,” Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman said in a release Monday. “We’re also continuing […] Read more


Saskatchewan sets new cougar, bear trapping seasons

Saskatchewan has set up a new cougar season for trappers, plus a southern expansion of its black bear trapping season, in part to help limit livestock predation. The province on Wednesday announced a new “trapping-only” cougar season will open Oct. 15, 2017 and close March 15, 2018. It also announced a new “black bear opportunity” […] Read more

High-energy berries and bears go together

News Roundup from the October 24, 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

With its rustic small mountain towns, postcard-perfect vistas, British Columbia’s East Kootenay region has an undeniable lure for outdoor enthusiasts of all varieties — and the appeal extends beyond ski bums and hikers. The resource-rich Elk Valley is also a highly desirable home for wildlife like grizzly bears which are drawn to the area’s bountiful […] Read more


Saskatchewan to thin out wolf pack along treeline

Aiming to prevent “wolf-livestock conflicts” in the region, Saskatchewan’s environment department will again offer a wolf hunting season along the provincial forest fringe starting Saturday. The wolf hunt, running from Oct. 15, 2016 through to March 31, 2017, is to be allowed in wildlife management zones 43 (Melfort, Tisdale), 47 (North Battleford, Turtleford), 48 (Preeceville, […] Read more

British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association board of directors. Back row (l. to r.) John Anderson (Merritt), Erin Durrell (Quesnel), Bob Storey (Smithers), Larry Rast (Creston), Grant Huffman (Williams Lake), Doug Fossen (Rock Creek), Leroy Peters (Heffley Creek). Front row (l. to r.): Mike McConnell (Dawson Creek), Duncan Barnett (150 Mile House), Brian McKersie (BCCA president, Canal Flats), Larry Garrett (BCCA vice-president, Vanderhoof), Linda Allison (Princeton), Renee Ardill (Fort St. John).

Water, predators and treaties top concerns in B.C.

Associations: News Roundup from the August 2016 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association came out in support of the proposed increase in the national checkoff from $1 to $2.50 per marketed head, as well as an increase in the provincial checkoff from $2 to $2.50 per head during the annual general meeting at Penticton in May, just as our JUne 2016 issue was going […] Read more


Atlas, a one-year old Turkish Kangal.

Guardian dogs earn their keep at Candll Ranch

A mix of breeds work best on the Lockharts' year-round pastures. Some stay within the flock while others go after predators

Cody and Liesl Lockhart didn’t know a thing about livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) when they started ranching with Cody’s parents in southern Alberta. That all changed five years ago after moving to their own place near Debden, Sask., where they now own a flock of 1,200 sheep and custom manage 750 cattle year round with […] Read more

History: Livestock predators cause heavy losses

Reprinted from the November 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

On September 15 the Western Stock Growers’ Association sent a questionnaire to its 1,350 members to determine the extent of livestock and poultry losses caused by predators. As of October 18 there were 85 returns received. An analysis of the returns at hand gives alarming and important information and is as follows: These returns covered […] Read more