Farmers are less likely to kill carnivores such as cheetahs if they are not loosing livestock to carnivores. It is challenging to find cost effective and readily available techniques that are working to combat human wildlife conflict but a combination of sustainable farming techniques can positively improve farm productivity and sustain livelihoods. CCB recently received 10 puppies from Botswana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) at the demo farm. The puppies will undergo training to be livestock guarding dogs (LSGDs) of which they will be distributed to those farmers that are experiencing conflict in their areas with cheetahs and other carnivores. We hope to identify those farmers that are interest and willing to maintain these dogs. LSGDs, if trained and cared for properly, can eliminate livestock losses due to depredation by barking, chasing and even attacking carnivores that approach their flock. Thank you to BSPCA for the donation and we will do our best to ensure that these dogs are ready to do an excellent job in protecting their flock from carnivores.
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