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Resigned to Living With Wolves, More Ranchers Are Giving Deterrence Projects a Try

“From the time we started doing that in 2007 up to now, we’ve had zero wolf depredations,” Dobson said, sitting at the kitchen table of his family’s spacious log home on a private inholding surrounded by the Apache National Forest. “I think the fence has a lot to do with it.” A few miles away, rancher Sydney Maddock and Eddie Lee, her ranch manager, have hired a range rider — a cowboy or cowgirl who monitors the herd — to make sure her cattle stay safe. They have also started allowing calves to grow bigger before turning them out onto their federal grazing allotment so that they are less vulnerable to depredation. . . . → Read More: Resigned to Living With Wolves, More Ranchers Are Giving Deterrence Projects a Try

Arizona Rethinking Open Range Laws

PHOENIX — They have startled the residents of Ahwatukee, a bedroom community in southern Phoenix. They have tramped on lawns and damaged vehicles in Rio Rancho, a neighborhood of tract homes outside Albuquerque. A Border Patrol agent lost his life crashing into one of them near the Mexican border in Texas. Read more in the NY Times. . . . → Read More: Arizona Rethinking Open Range Laws