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Wed., Aug. 27, 2014, 7:28 a.m.

Dogs protecting sheep from predators testy toward hikers

A great Pyrenees guard dog keeps a watchful eye over a large band of ewes at Lava Lake Land & Livestock, grazing near the North Fork of the Big Lost River northeast of Ketchum, Idaho, to help keep the sheep from falling prey to wolves. (Jason Kauffman / Associated Press)
A great Pyrenees guard dog keeps a watchful eye over a large band of ewes at Lava Lake Land & Livestock, grazing near the North Fork of the Big Lost River northeast of Ketchum, Idaho, to help keep the sheep from falling prey to wolves. (Jason Kauffman / Associated Press)

HIKING -- The large guard dogs such as great Pyrenees and Akbash that pro-wolf groups recommend for guarding livestock from predators such as cougars, bears and wolves don't necessarily distinguish between 4-legged and 2-legged critters passing through public lands:

Guard dogs for sheep herds continue to be a problem for hikers in Colorado
Hikers are reporting more conflicts with the large, white Akbash dogs that guard sheep herds in San Juan County, and one hiker recently asked the Colorado county's commission to work with the multiple federal and state land agencies and the ranchers with grazing allotments to develop new policies to help keep the hikers and the dogs apart.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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