Yep, the goal is always, always, first and foremost to kill predators (or bison or any other creature that is thought to cause a problem) – to show the Power and Control of the livestock industry. Science makes no difference to Woolgrowers (still whining that bighorn sheep don’t get die from contact with domestic sheep) and Cowmen (that badger digs holes and that is Bad so APHIS/Wildlife Services must kill it) …
I only read the abstract so far, but that’s a powerful conclusion.
I’m very impressed with this article so far. To say that predator control actions aren’t effective industry-wide is powerful against the livestock lobbies. It seems like it could have very profound effects on both predator control programs and compensation programs (I’m against the Defenders’ compenstation program), and also against the organizations that lobby “on behalf of” the livestock producers themselves.
I’m very anxious to see continued efforts to bring out the truths about the livestock industry…truths such as these are powerful indeed.