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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 1 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 2 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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