Conservation Goes to the Dogs

Throughout the American West, recovering populations of wolves and grizzly bears have crept beyond the boundaries of national parks, clashing with sheep and cattle as they advance… A good guard dog, however, forestalls conflict by warding off carnivores before they attack. “Ideally the sheep don’t die, the wolves don’t die, the dogs don’t die,” Kinka explains. Can a domestic animal truly help restore some of the world’s wildest creatures while at the same time saving livestock?

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Check out my first story for Ensia, an environmental magazine at the University of Minnesota (co-published with High Country News). This was a fun piece in so many ways:

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Read it in Ensia or HCN

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