Yet the program’s revised analysis still fails to confront modern science that shows killing carnivores like wolves, bears, coyotes and mountain lions does little to protect domestic livestock from future depredations and, if anything, can often lead to increased conflicts in the absence of better livestock husbandry and grazing practices. In addition to challenging the program on the grounds that its findings are at odds with a wealth of current science regarding the ineffectiveness of lethal predator control as a means of reducing livestock losses, this second round of litigation also aims to tackle the program’s violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for killing and removing federally listed threatened grizzly bears.
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