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Some unintended consequences from livestock-guarding dogs

Dogs have been guarding flocks and herds from wild predators for thousands of years, and conservationists have advocated the practice to avoid lethal predator-control methods, but a literature review in BioOne found the practice takes a toll on wildlife. A majority of the animals chased or killed by guard dogs are not predators, and some are already endangered or threatened; conversely, guard dogs may also protect species like ground-nesting birds and limit the transmission of disease between wildlife and livestock.

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