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livestock. We formed the Marin Coalition
for California Wildlife to try to stop the use
of this poison and to seek alternatives to the
killing of native carnivores. We met with the
County Board of Supervisors and generated
hundreds of letters from Marin residents
who wanted a different approach. Our county
responded by bringing the ranchers and
our coalition together in mediated discus-
sions. We listened, they listened, common
ground was established and the Marin County
Livestock and Wildlife Protection Program
was established. Their goal was to protect
their animals and our goal was to help find an
alternative to the existing federal program,
which depended largely on indiscriminate
It’s been 14 years; how has it been working?
According to the Marin County Department
of Agriculture, Weights and Measures, which
oversees the program, livestock losses have
been reduced as well as costs. More ranchers are recognizing the benefits of living with
coyotes and other predators that help to keep
rodent populations down (for example, one
coyote can consume more than 1,800 rodents
in a year) as well as keeping transient juveniles out who may be more prone to hunt novel
prey like livestock. And many ranchers are
thrilled to see how effective guard animals
like Great Pyrenees, Anatolian shepherds,
llamas and alpacas can be in deterring predators. It’s truly amazing to see these animals in
action — doing what they do best.
Are there more coyotes recently? CF: Coyotes
— along with many other predators — were
shot, trapped and poisoned to the point of
extirpation in parts of their historical range
including parts of Marin County. They have
recovered in many areas. When not exploited
If I don’t make some exception
for them, if I don’t open my life
for them in some way, I am
obliterating their environment ...
no matter how “green” I may
advertise myself to be.