Understanding Predators Big and Small
Every year more than 500,000 sheep, goats, and cows are lost to predatory animals in the United States, resulting in both financial and emotional losses for farmers, ranchers, homesteaders, and backyard-animal raisers. [ML1]The Encyclopedia of Animal Predators by Janet Vorwald Dohner teaches readers how to protect their livestock and pets from harm by learning to identify threatening species through their habits and habitats.
Through profiles of more than 50 [DB2]of the most common predatory animals, Dohner’s in-depth guide explains how these animals think and behave, where and how they live, and how they attack and kill prey. Readers will learn such skills as [DB3]how to know when a wolf is ready to attack, how to distinguish a coyote’s vocalizations, and how to react if they ever encounter a bobcat[DB4]. This hardworking reference also includes details on nonlethal methods for keeping predators away, including electric fencing and livestock guardian animals; a list of predator threats by region; and a key to identifying animal tracks and scat. The book features a Damage ID guide for each predator, to help readers determine whether an attack was by a coyote (most common), a domestic dog (next most common), or another animal, from grizzly bear to possum, eagle to alligator.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR ____
Janet Vorwald Dohner is the author of Farm Dogs and Livestock Guardians. She has 35 years of experience on her small family farm and has relied on livestock guard dogs and corgis to protect her sheep, goats, and poultry. Dohner writes for Modern Farmer and Mother Earth News and speaks regularly on predator control and livestock guardians at conferences. She is a board member of the Kangal Dog Club of America and a member of several learning communities for working dogs.
The Encyclopedia of Animal Predators
Janet Vorwald Dohner
Storey Publishing, May 2017
Full-color; photographs and illustrations throughout
288; 8 x 10
$24.95 paperback; 978-1-61212-699-9
$34.95 hardcover; 978-1-61212-705-7
ASPCA Assists Lake County Animal Care & Control in Rescuing
Displaced Animals from Devastating Wildfire in California
Professional responders conduct field rescues to save pets and livestock left behind,
assist local agency with sheltering effort
Lakeport, Calif.—Following a devastating wildfire in Lake County, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), at the request of the Lake County Animal Care & Control and its animal disaster response team Lake Evacuation & Animal Protection (LEAP), deployed professional responders to conduct field rescues to save badly burned animals, as well as check individual residences for pets and livestock left behind. The ASPCA will also be assisting the local agency shelter displaced animals in its 30-foot disaster response trailer customized to house animals in an event of an emergency.
The unforgiving Valley fire swept through and burned 67,000 acres, destroying nearly 600 homes and leaving approximately 13,000 people displaced in the community. Pet owners were ordered to evacuate immediately by local officials as the fire spread quickly throughout the area, which resulted in many pets and livestock being left behind. Reports indicate that local authorities are now escorting residents to their homes in certain areas, allowing them to retrieve or feed the animals.
“The Lake Evacuation & Animal Protection team has been receiving numerous requests from concerned pet owners who asked us to check on their pets and make sure they have enough food and water,” said Bill Davidson, director of Lake County Animal Care & Control. “It’s hard to say how many pets are affected at this point, but we will continue to go out into the field to search for lost or injured pets and hopefully reunite them with their families.”
“We’re pleased to be working alongside the Lake Evacuation & Animal Protection team to help pet owners and displaced animals in the community, as well as support local agencies identify resource needs,” added Dick Green, senior director of Disaster Response for the ASPCA, who has been on the ground since Sunday. “The destruction caused by the fire is indescribable, and our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by this disaster--people and pets alike.”
Animals rescued by the LEAP and the ASPCA are being examined and treated by veterinarians at the Lake County Animal Care & Control at 4949 Helbush Drive in Lakeport. Pet owners looking to report lost pets or rescue needs should contact the Lake County Animal Care & Control at (707) 263-0278.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About Lake Evacuation & Animal Protection
LEAP is Lake County Animal Care & Control’s animal disaster response group. It is made up of the Animal Care & Control staff, as well as a group of highly trained volunteers. All volunteers have completed the necessary applications, submitted copies of their driving records, completed the ICS training series 100, 200, and 700, as well as attend our annual training. Most have even been through a two or three day animal disaster preparedness course offered by NVADG or a similar humane organization.
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is profoundly disappointed by the North Carolina Legislature’s decision to cater to abusive industries and put animals, children, the elderly, and veterans in jeopardy by overriding HB 405, a dangerous ag-gag bill that will prevent whistleblowing employees from exposing illegal or unethical activities happening at any business.
“The ASPCA is deeply troubled by the veto override of HB 405, which will silence whistleblowers and keep North Carolina residents in the dark about horrific abuses that take place on factory farms,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA President & CEO. “Siding against the public and allowing unscrupulous farmers and businesses to keep their atrocities secret is a shameful decision that hurts responsible businesses and stains the integrity of the state legislature.”
The Legislature’s decision to override Gov. McCrory’s veto of HB 405 ignores the concerns of their constituents, as a recent poll revealed that 74 percent of North Carolina voters support undercover investigations by animal welfare groups on farms. In addition to strong opposition from the public, a broad coalition of dozens of farmers and advocacy groups, including the AARP and the Wounded Warrior Project, voiced their opposition to the bill.
Celebrities including North Carolina’s own Andie MacDowell, Leilani Munter, and Bellamy Young, as well as Martha Stewart, Kesha, Nikki Reed, Eric McCormack, Amy Acker, and Katherine Schwarzenegger also called for the governor’s veto. Editorials in the top five state newspapers argued against the bill, citing the dangers of covering up abuse and the need for transparency in industries where the most vulnerable in our society are often at great risk of harm.
The ASPCA expresses thanks to Gov. McCrory for his justified veto of this dangerous bill and to Sen. Josh Stein (D-Wake), and Reps. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford), Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg), and Grier Martin (D-Wake) for speaking against the bill.
For more information about the ASPCA and to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade, please visit www.aspca.org.
About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Up to nine million animals were affected by earthquake and aftershocks, HSI estimates
KATHMANDU (15 May 2015)—Following Tuesday’s destructive aftershock in Nepal, Humane Society International will send livestock veterinarians to care for animals in heavily affected rural areas. HSI continues to conduct an assessment of the needs of local animal welfare organizations for expansion of their facilities and will meet these needs on a case-by-case basis. HSI estimates that as many as 6 million to 9 million cows, goats and other livestock were injured or killed following the April 25 earthquake. Thousands of street dogs and cats also are in need of care.
Humane Society International’s Sarah Vallentine, who lives in Kathmandu, said: “Tuesday’s strong aftershock caused further destruction and has worsened the conditions of many people and animals already traumatized by the devastating April 25 earthquake. The initial earthquake caused animals to suffer a range of conditions from broken and crushed bones and lacerations and respiratory disease like pneumonia from days and nights exposed to the elements without shelter. We’ll continue to assist with vital supplies – humanitarian and veterinary - to provide a lifeline to both animals and people struggling to cope here in Nepal.”
Humane Society International will continue to help animals, large and small, affected by Nepal’s earthquake and strong aftershocks:
- HSI is working with its affiliates, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and Humane Society International/Australia, to deploy three veterinarians with livestock expertise to Nepal in the coming days.
- This week, our vets travelled to Sindhupalchok to carry out crucial vaccinations and veterinary treatments, in partnership with World Vets, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Animal Nepal, SPCA Nepal, Himalayan Animal Rescue Team and Nepal’s Department of Livestock Services.
- HSI is providing tarpaulins to shelter goats, cows, poultry and other animals from the harsh sun and driving monsoon rain. Many of these animals have been exposed to the elements since the earthquakes destroyed their permanent shelters, and as a result they are suffering from respiratory illnesses. Animal Welfare Network of Nepal (AWNN) will coordinate the supply of these tarps and will also assist in setting them up with the villagers in remote locations.
HSI will work with animal groups in Nepal, including: AWNN, Society for Animal Welfare and Management, the Kathmandu Animal Treatment Center, Animal Nepal, Nepal SPCA, Himalayan Animal Rescue Team and others.
New Worldwatch Institute study examines the
agricultural sector's impact on global greenhouse gas emissions
Washington, D.C.---Global greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector totaled 4.69 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent in 2010 (the most recent year for which data are available), an increase of 13 percent over 1990 emissions. By comparison, global carbon dioxide emissions from transport totaled 6.76 billion tons that year, and emissions from electricity and heat production reached 12.48 billion tons, according to Worldwatch Institute's Vital Signs Online service (www.worldwatch.org).
Growth in agricultural production between 1990 and 2010 outpaced growth in emissions by a factor of 1.6, demonstrating increased energy efficiency in the agriculture sector.
The three most common gases emitted in agriculture are nitrous oxide, CO2, and methane. Methane is generally produced when organic materials----such as crops, livestock feed, or manure----decompose anaerobically (without oxygen). Methane accounts for around 50 percent of total agricultural emissions. Enteric fermentation----the digestion of organic materials by livestock----is the largest source of methane emissions and of agricultural emissions overall.
Nitrous oxide is a by-product generated by the microbial breakdown of nitrogen in soils and manures. Nitrous oxide production is particularly high in cases where the nitrogen available in soils exceeds that required by plants to grow, which often occurs when nitrogen-rich synthetic fertilizers are applied. Nitrous oxide is responsible for around 36 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
Finally, carbon dioxide is released from soils when organic matter decomposes aerobically (with oxygen). The largest source of CO2 emissions within agriculture is the drainage and cultivation of "organic soils"----soils in wetlands, peatlands, bogs, or fens with high organic material. When these areas are drained for cultivation, organic matter within the soil decomposes at a rapid rate, releasing CO2. This process accounts for around 14 percent of total agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
Emissions from enteric fermentation rose by 7.6 percent worldwide between 1990 and 2010, but regional variation was high. At 51.4 percent and 28.1 percent, respectively, Africa and Asia saw their emissions increase, while emissions in Europe and Oceania fell by 48.1 percent and 16.1 percent. Europe's significant reduction in emissions parallels the decline in its beef production between 1990 and 2010, but it may also reflect increased use of grains and oils in cattle feed instead of grasses.
"Adding oils or oilseeds to feed can help with digestion and reduce methane emissions. But a shift from a grass-based to a grain- and oilseeds-based diet often accompanies a shift from pastures to concentrated feedlots, which has a range of negative consequences such as water pollution and high fossil fuel consumption," said Laura Reynolds, Worldwatch Food and Agriculture Researcher and the study's author. "Aside from reducing livestock populations, there is no other clear pathway to climate-friendly meat production from livestock."
Manure that is deposited and left on pastures contributes to global nitrous oxide emissions because of its high nitrogen content. When more nitrogen is added to soil than is needed, soil bacteria convert the extra nitrogen into nitrous oxide and emit it into the atmosphere----a process called nitrification. Emissions from manure on pasture were highest in Asia, Africa, and South America, accounting for a combined 81 percent of global emissions from this source.
These data indicate the huge share of global emissions that is attributable to livestock production. While reducing livestock populations is one way to reduce global emissions from agriculture, farmers and landowners have numerous other opportunities for mitigation, many of which offer environmental and even economic co-benefits. For instance, growing trees and woody perennials on land can sequester carbon while simultaneously helping to restore soils, reduce water contamination, and provide beneficial wildlife habitat. Reducing soil tillage can rebuild soils while lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Some practices can even result in increased income for farmers----"cap-and-trade" programs allow farmers to monetize certain sequestration practices and sell them, while government programs like the U.S. Conservation Reserve Program pay farmers to set aside some of their land for long-term restoration.
Further highlights from the report:
About the Worldwatch Institute:
Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues. The Institute's State of the World report is published annually in more than a dozen languages. For more information, visit www.worldwatch.org.
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The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal by Katherine A. Drovdahl M.H. is destined to become one of the great herbals of the Century. Kat in a true Vitalistic style no only lays out precise medical care for animals but also teaches the whys, the anatomical pathways and spiritual advantages of adhering to nature. kat through personal experience can guide us, with great detail, in caring for our animals. This is the herbal to acquire for school, nature companies and personal libraries. While you are at it get another one for taking with you out to the barn."
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"This comprehensive, practical, all text guide teaches herbal and essential oil use in animals- from bees to chickens to pets to reptiles and exotics. It covers the basics of herbs and EOs, the animal's lifecycles, body systems, common challenges, and what to do to help a wide variety of animals naturally. This definitive guide instills confidence and adheres to Nature. It is well organized, well-written, and contains a handy index. A great addition to the animal lovers library." Natural Horse Magazine Jul/Aug/Sep 2012 issue
Imagine a generation of healthier & happier pets and livestock! Imagine a generation of happier owners because maintaining their healthier creatures becomes easier and makes them more productive. This book makes that possible.
"The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal" by Katherine Drovdahl is now available for $49.95 plus shipping and handling ($6.55) or include it with an order of products to make your shipping go futher. We can ship worldwide (16.95 plus handling ($1.25)), Canada is 12.95 plus 1.25 handling. See our shopping cart website for details. It is a large book and is easy to follow for the beginner or advanced person working with herbs and animals. Topics included are instruction in essential oil use, whole herb use, how to use this book for humans, exotics, reptiles all types of livestock including ratites and camelids, all types of pets, fish, and bees. Information to help you build a sound foundation so that you are not confused by much of the conflicting data out there, building a pet or livestock herb garden, going through life cycles of your creatures, how to handle birthings, young stock care, exhibitions, parasites, senior care, and body organs and systems care and quite a bit more. This is the only book available that covers this span of information and is in a user friendly format. Look for future book and other projects from Kat. I can sign the book at your request if that is something you would like, I need an email from you immediately after I receive your payment. Otherwise it may still get shipped without a signature. If I am out of town I will leave some signed copies with my husband, they just won't be personal in that situation.
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Welcome to Fir Meadow LLC. We are located in the Siskiyou mountains of southern Oregon. Kat has her masters degree in herbology and Master Herbalist (MH) designation and is a Vitalist. Vitalism goes back to Hippocrates, which is cause oriented rather than just symptom oriented (allopathy). It is a small branch of herbalism, but a very effective one. Kat also is a Certified Reflexologist (CR) and a Holistic Iridologist (Dipl.H.Ir.). She has completed studies in Aromatherapy (essential oils) with two different schools, is taking continuing education from a third school and has international certification in that field. She also is a C.E.I.T which is a Certified Equine Iridology Techincian and researcher. She is currently completing a book on pet and livestock herbalism with several more book projects lined up. Her work is about evenly split up between human and creature herbalism and her training allows her to consult on any condition. For creatures she also is not limited but can assist people with livestock, horses, pets, exotics, reptiles, birds, poultry, ratites, bees, fish and more (is there anything else?) to move them towards optimum wellness.
All of our livestock products Kat formulates. Some of the herbs we ship in from pesticide/herbicide free resources that Kat trusts. Some are organic, some are not, as not all herbs can be acquired with an organic label, and high quality wild crafted or naturally raised herbs Kat finds just as effective, without the higher price tag on them which would then have to be passed on to you. She also raises many of her own herbs (over 70 at last count) in an organic manner. You will find many of those in her livestock tinctures and salves. You will find these products to have strong herbal smells and colors- we do not adulturate our products and use highly efficiacious herbs. We use them here on our farm too- she NEEDs them to work! She also places safety high on her list of priorities, and does not use toxic, habit forming, or poisenous plants. We also offer steam distilled & CO2 extracted pure essential oils that she has sourced from wholesalers with integrity.
Kat offers consultations via email, in person and by phone for both human wellness concerns and for pet and livestock concerns. Consultations must be prepaid before an appointment is set up. Payments currently can be received by check, by money order, or by paypal. Appointments will generally be set up for Monday through Friday afternoons, Pacific Standard Time.
Kat does speak at conferences and conventions and can offer Iridology and reflexology at many of those. Contact her by email if you would like to set up a conference to find out her availability and details.
She also raises, along with her husband, a nationally recognized and awarded herd of LaMancha dairy goats, with a couple of Toggenburgs thrown in for variety. They are on a complete alternative health program, yet are able to receive Best in Show, Top Ten milkers (in the US), and high appraisal scores. We sell milking stock and breeding stock every year and ship US wide. Please see that website if that interests you. They also curently raise Norwegian fjord horses, great pyrenees guardian dogs, a barn cat, assorted chickens (mostly australorps), and a couple of pigs each year. She has owned and worked with most types of farmstock and even exotics such as iguanas and geckos. If the creature is important to you, then it is important to her.
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May you and your beloved creatures find Abundance in Wellness!
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His mercy endures forever...
Funds for horses and cattle to be administered by Montana Horse Sanctuary
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that it has awarded a grant of $15,000 to Montana Horse Sanctuary in Simms, Mont., which will be used to buy hay and feed for horses and cattle affected by the disastrous wildfires that recently damaged about 18,000 acres of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
Early estimates are that 1,200 horses and cattle now have little or no feed. The land is not expected to recover from the fire for months, but the need for feed will increase as new foals and calves are born, possibly swelling the animal population to about 2,000.
“We are happy to come to the aid of the livestock impacted by these destructive fires,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “These funds will be used to purchase much needed hay and feed for horses and cattle impacted by the devastating fires that destroyed buildings, uprooted residents and negatively impacted the food source for more than a thousand head of livestock.”
“Our organization is incredibly grateful to the ASPCA for its immediate and generous response to this crisis,” added Jane Heath, executive director of the Montana Horse Sanctuary. “It’s a huge boost to our ability to help the Blackfeet Tribe and their animals during this difficult time.”
The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to non-profit equine welfare organizations in the United States for purposes in alignment with its efforts to protect horses. The ASPCA Equine Fund grants program seeks to award equine organizations that strive to achieve best practices, including sound horse care, maintenance of updated websites and robust fundraising practices.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. More than one million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca.
About Montana Horse Sanctuary
Montana Horse Sanctuary is a 501(c)-3 that was established to help rehabilitate and improve the lives of in crisis and abused horses, while educating the public about these magnificent and deserving animals. The sanctuary also helps horse owners in crisis with hay, euthanasia and veterinary grants. For more information, please visit www.montanahorsesanctuary.org or call 406-264-5300.