Farming is a Community Affair: No Farm is an Island


| 11/15/2016 2:12:00 PM


Tags: coyotes, carnivores, farming community, heritage breeds, raising livestock, ranching, goats, sheep, wildlife habitat, predators, Geri Vistein, Maine,

I want to tell you a story, a true story that has taken place here on a Maine farm. It happened this past spring and early summer. This is a farm that raises heritage goats and sheep on several large pastures, most often quite remote from their farmhouse, and is surrounded by undeveloped land of sprawling forests.

 

Heritage sheep.

But like any other farm or ranch, it is not an island. Whatever happens around their farm can have serious affects on their farm. And so it was for them. In the state of Maine our coyotes are heavily persecuted since they are given no protection by our laws.  And what happens to our coyotes, affects our farmers deeply.

In the spring of this year, individuals killed many of the coyotes in the town near this farm. As we know from our science, this killing causes chaos in their highly complex social structure. The only way I can describe what they experience is to compare it to the experience of the many people who are now fleeing the violence in their own countries.

 




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