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  • Lois MacKenzie
    Any of you who hike in the back county should take note of this!     From: Ann Bond [mailto:abond@fs.fed.us] Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:36 AM To: pdl r2
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 17, 2011
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      Any of you who hike in the back county should take note of this!
       


       

      From: Ann Bond
      [mailto:abond@...]
      Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:36
      AM
      To: pdl r2 sj pl
      Subject: Visitors to public lands
      should be aware of livestock protection dogs in the high
      country
       


      CONTACT:  Mark
      Tucker, San Juan Public Lands Rangeland Management, 970 385-1369


      For immediate
      release:  June 17, 2011
      Visitors to public
      lands should be aware of livestock protection dogs in the high
      country


      DURANGO -
      As
      the snow melts in the high country, hikers, backpackers and other visitors
      will soon be joining bands of domestic sheep in heading for public lands.
       Domestic sheep are grazed on public lands under permit from late June to
      early October.  A band of sheep is often accompanied by a pair of
      livestock protection dogs, which are an effective tool used by ranchers to
      protect sheep from predators.  These large white guard dogs are often
      Great Pyrenees or Akbash breeds.

      The U.S. Forest
      Service and Bureau of Land Management will be posting signs along trails and
      trailheads notifying users of the dates that domestic sheep bands will be
      grazing in certain areas. Follow these safety tips when encountering guard
      dogs in the backcountry:
      When approaching a
      band of sheep, allow time for the guard dogs to see you and determine you are
      not a threat. Remain calm.  If you do not appear to be a threat, the dogs
      will often just watch you pass by.
      If you have a dog
      with you, it may appear to guard dogs as a threat if it gets too close to the
      band or tries to chase sheep. Keep your dog close to you and under control.
       Leash your dog for as long as you can see sheep band.
      Try not to “split”
      the band by walking through it; instead travel around the sheep via the least
      disruptive route. Keep as much space as practical between you and the sheep
      band, especially if you have a dog with you.  As you pass, keep line of
      sight between
      you, your pets and the guard dogs.
      Bicycle riders
      should dismount from their bikes and walk past the band with the bike between
      you and the livestock protection dog. Do not remount until you are well past
      the sheep.
       
       
      Do not:


      Chase or harass
      sheep or livestock protection dogs.
      Try to outrun
      livestock protection dogs.  If a guard dog approaches you, tell it to
      “go back to the sheep,” or tell it, “No!” in a firm voice.  Do not
      attempt to hit or throw things at it.
      Attempt to
      befriend or feed livestock protection dogs.  They are not pets.
       They are lean athletic working dogs, which are cared for by their
      owners.  
      Allow your pets
      to run towards or harass sheep.  They may be perceived as predators by
      the livestock protection dog and attacked.
      Mistake a
      livestock protection dog as lost and take it with you.
       

      For more
      information or to report an encounter with a livestock protection dog, please
      contact the San Juan Public Lands Center at 970 247-4874 or nearest Forest
      Service or BLM office.


      ______________________________

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      Ann Bond
      Public
      Affairs Specialist
      San Juan Public Lands Center
      15 Burnett
      Court
      Durango, CO 81301
      970 385-1219
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    • Matt Mahoney
      Good advice. A few years ago when I was descending into Cunningham in the dark, I found myself in the middle of a herd of sheep. There was a big dog but it
      Message 2 of 3 , Jun 17, 2011
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        Good advice. A few years ago when I was descending into Cunningham in the dark,
        I found myself in the middle of a herd of sheep. There was a big dog but it left
        me alone.

        -- Matt Mahoney, matmahoney@...


        >
        >From: Lois MacKenzie <skunkears@...>
        >To: group A <hr100@yahoogroups.com>
        >Sent: Fri, June 17, 2011 9:01:00 PM
        >Subject: [hr100] Fwd: FW: Visitors to public lands should be aware of livestock
        >protection dog...
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >Any of you who hike in the back county should take note of this!
        >
        >
        >
        >
        >From: Ann Bond
        >[mailto:abond@...]
        >Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:36
        >AM
        >To: pdl r2 sj pl
        >Subject: Visitors to public lands
        >should be aware of livestock protection dogs in the high
        >country
        >
        >
        >
        >CONTACT: Mark
        >Tucker, San Juan Public Lands Rangeland Management, 970 385-1369
        >
        >
        >For immediate
        >release: June 17, 2011
        >Visitors to public
        >lands should be aware of livestock protection dogs in the high
        >country
        >
        >
        >DURANGO -
        >As
        >the snow melts in the high country, hikers, backpackers and other visitors
        >will soon be joining bands of domestic sheep in heading for public lands.
        > Domestic sheep are grazed on public lands under permit from late June to
        >early October. A band of sheep is often accompanied by a pair of
        >livestock protection dogs, which are an effective tool used by ranchers to
        >protect sheep from predators. These large white guard dogs are often
        >Great Pyrenees or Akbash breeds.
        >
        >The U.S. Forest
        >Service and Bureau of Land Management will be posting signs along trails and
        >trailheads notifying users of the dates that domestic sheep bands will be
        >grazing in certain areas. Follow these safety tips when encountering guard
        >dogs in the backcountry:
        >When approaching a
        >band of sheep, allow time for the guard dogs to see you and determine you are
        >not a threat. Remain calm. If you do not appear to be a threat, the dogs
        >will often just watch you pass by.
        >If you have a dog
        >with you, it may appear to guard dogs as a threat if it gets too close to the
        >band or tries to chase sheep. Keep your dog close to you and under control.
        > Leash your dog for as long as you can see sheep band.
        >Try not to “split”
        >the band by walking through it; instead travel around the sheep via the least
        >disruptive route. Keep as much space as practical between you and the sheep
        >band, especially if you have a dog with you. As you pass, keep line of
        >sight between
        >you, your pets and the guard dogs.
        >Bicycle riders
        >should dismount from their bikes and walk past the band with the bike between
        >you and the livestock protection dog. Do not remount until you are well past
        >the sheep.
        >
        >
        >Do not:
        >
        >
        >Chase or harass
        >sheep or livestock protection dogs.
        >Try to outrun
        >livestock protection dogs. If a guard dog approaches you, tell it to
        >“go back to the sheep,” or tell it, “No!” in a firm voice. Do not
        >attempt to hit or throw things at it.
        >Attempt to
        >befriend or feed livestock protection dogs. They are not pets.
        > They are lean athletic working dogs, which are cared for by their
        >owners.
        >Allow your pets
        >to run towards or harass sheep. They may be perceived as predators by
        >the livestock protection dog and attacked.
        >Mistake a
        >livestock protection dog as lost and take it with you.
        >
        >
        >For more
        >information or to report an encounter with a livestock protection dog, please
        >contact the San Juan Public Lands Center at 970 247-4874 or nearest Forest
        >Service or BLM office.
        >
        >
        >______________________________
        >
        >this
        >msg was sent to you by:
        >Ann Bond
        >Public
        >Affairs Specialist
        >San Juan Public Lands Center
        >15 Burnett
        >Court
        >Durango, CO 81301
        >970 385-1219
        >abond@...
        >
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        >
        >
        >

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      • Chris Twiggs
        That s because you don t have enough meat on your bones, Matt. Sent from my iPhone ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
        Message 3 of 3 , Jun 17, 2011
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          That's because you don't have enough meat on your bones, Matt.

          Sent from my iPhone

          On Jun 17, 2011, at 7:41 PM, Matt Mahoney <matmahoney@...> wrote:

          > Good advice. A few years ago when I was descending into Cunningham in the dark,
          > I found myself in the middle of a herd of sheep. There was a big dog but it left
          > me alone.
          >
          > -- Matt Mahoney, matmahoney@...
          >
          > >
          > >From: Lois MacKenzie <skunkears@...>
          > >To: group A <hr100@yahoogroups.com>
          > >Sent: Fri, June 17, 2011 9:01:00 PM
          > >Subject: [hr100] Fwd: FW: Visitors to public lands should be aware of livestock
          > >protection dog...
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >Any of you who hike in the back county should take note of this!
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >From: Ann Bond
          > >[mailto:abond@...]
          > >Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:36
          > >AM
          > >To: pdl r2 sj pl
          > >Subject: Visitors to public lands
          > >should be aware of livestock protection dogs in the high
          > >country
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > >CONTACT: Mark
          > >Tucker, San Juan Public Lands Rangeland Management, 970 385-1369
          > >
          > >
          > >For immediate
          > >release: June 17, 2011
          > >Visitors to public
          > >lands should be aware of livestock protection dogs in the high
          > >country
          > >
          > >
          > >DURANGO -
          > >As
          > >the snow melts in the high country, hikers, backpackers and other visitors
          > >will soon be joining bands of domestic sheep in heading for public lands.
          > > Domestic sheep are grazed on public lands under permit from late June to
          > >early October. A band of sheep is often accompanied by a pair of
          > >livestock protection dogs, which are an effective tool used by ranchers to
          > >protect sheep from predators. These large white guard dogs are often
          > >Great Pyrenees or Akbash breeds.
          > >
          > >The U.S. Forest
          > >Service and Bureau of Land Management will be posting signs along trails and
          > >trailheads notifying users of the dates that domestic sheep bands will be
          > >grazing in certain areas. Follow these safety tips when encountering guard
          > >dogs in the backcountry:
          > >When approaching a
          > >band of sheep, allow time for the guard dogs to see you and determine you are
          > >not a threat. Remain calm. If you do not appear to be a threat, the dogs
          > >will often just watch you pass by.
          > >If you have a dog
          > >with you, it may appear to guard dogs as a threat if it gets too close to the
          > >band or tries to chase sheep. Keep your dog close to you and under control.
          > > Leash your dog for as long as you can see sheep band.
          > >Try not to “split”
          > >the band by walking through it; instead travel around the sheep via the least
          > >disruptive route. Keep as much space as practical between you and the sheep
          > >band, especially if you have a dog with you. As you pass, keep line of
          > >sight between
          > >you, your pets and the guard dogs.
          > >Bicycle riders
          > >should dismount from their bikes and walk past the band with the bike between
          > >you and the livestock protection dog. Do not remount until you are well past
          > >the sheep.
          > >
          > >
          > >Do not:
          > >
          > >
          > >Chase or harass
          > >sheep or livestock protection dogs.
          > >Try to outrun
          > >livestock protection dogs. If a guard dog approaches you, tell it to
          > >“go back to the sheep,” or tell it, “No!” in a firm voice. Do not
          > >attempt to hit or throw things at it.
          > >Attempt to
          > >befriend or feed livestock protection dogs. They are not pets.
          > > They are lean athletic working dogs, which are cared for by their
          > >owners.
          > >Allow your pets
          > >to run towards or harass sheep. They may be perceived as predators by
          > >the livestock protection dog and attacked.
          > >Mistake a
          > >livestock protection dog as lost and take it with you.
          > >
          > >
          > >For more
          > >information or to report an encounter with a livestock protection dog, please
          > >contact the San Juan Public Lands Center at 970 247-4874 or nearest Forest
          > >Service or BLM office.
          > >
          > >
          > >______________________________
          > >
          > >this
          > >msg was sent to you by:
          > >Ann Bond
          > >Public
          > >Affairs Specialist
          > >San Juan Public Lands Center
          > >15 Burnett
          > >Court
          > >Durango, CO 81301
          > >970 385-1219
          > >abond@...
          > >
          > >[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          > >
          > >
          > >
          >
          > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
          >
          >


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