Predator control is economical
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
June 30, 2007
Predator control can be controversial and unpleasant, but it is also an economical practice when applied to benefit agriculture, wildlife and human health. Three scientists authored a research paper called “Economics of predation management in relation to agriculture, wildlife and human health and safety.”
The paper suggests that livestock protection activities are economical, with benefit:cost ratios ranging from 3:1 to 27:1.
Predation management activities to protect wildlife show benefit:cost ratios ranging from 2:1 to 22: 1.
“Activities performed to protect human health and safety undoubtedly show the greatest return on investment, although they are perhaps impossible to quantify,” according to the paper.
Read the paper by clicking on the link below.