RSF Protects Native Predators and Livestock Loss with Innovative Guard Dog Program
June 22, 2012
The Feline Conservation Federation (FCF) co-managed Rare Species Fund (RSF) awarded $5,000 support for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), human-wildlife conflict mitigation program in South Africa. The Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Program initiates proven, workable solutions that mitigate, reduce, or eliminate stock losses and conflicts.
This is the third year the Rare Species Fund has awarded support for the EWT Livestock Guarding Dog Project. The Project has been extremely successful in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa. Guard dogs are protecting goat, sheep and cattle ranches from predation by leopard, cheetah, caracal, wild dog, and jackal. The guard dogs are bonded with livestock at a critical phase of puppyhood, leading to the dog becoming an integral part of the farming operation by living with and guarding livestock day and night. The Endangered Wildlife Trust has successfully placed about 110 dogs during the past six years. Training and monitoring is done for the first year of placement and then two follow-up visits per year to ensure success. Farmers pledge they will not use traps or poison after the dog is placed.