Training livestock to leave streams and use uplands
Utah State University Extension
Behavioral Education for Human, Animal, Vegetation & Ecosystem Management
Cattle can damage streams and surrounding vegetation—riparian areas—by breaking down banks decreasing water quality, and reducing wildlife living in the stream and on the land. Suggested solutions to this problem have traditionally ranged from the cost prohibitive-constructing fences along waterways-to the extreme-removing livestock completely from rangelands. Behavior principles offer a third, often more cost-effective solution: Using riders to train animals to choose to leave riparian areas and graze on uplands.
Burritt, Elizabeth A., "Training livestock to leave streams and use uplands" (2012). Wildland Resources Faculty Publications. Paper 1535.