Re: [hr100] Fwd: FW: Visitors to public lands should be aware of livestock protection dog...
- That's because you don't have enough meat on your bones, Matt.
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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 <email@example.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
> >Sent: Friday, June 17, 2011 9:36
> >To: pdl r2 sj pl
> >Subject: Visitors to public lands
> >should be aware of livestock protection dogs in the high
> >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
> >DURANGO -
> >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
> >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.
> >msg was sent to you by:
> >Ann Bond
> >Affairs Specialist
> >San Juan Public Lands Center
> >15 Burnett
> >Durango, CO 81301
> >970 385-1219
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