This article below came from the Captial Press of April 9th. The tragic loss: the wolves made mincemeat of his Great Pyr LGD's in addition to about $40,000 in loss of sheep. Ouch.... Which brings me to my topic: effectiveness of some breeds against packs of wolves. Some of you already have wolf issues, some of us are just beginning to and others don't yet, but I contend within my lifetime, I'll see wolves in N. Nevada on a regular basis (including those who are already crossing with coyotes and yes that's going on out here too....). There have been sightings in Jarbidge. Under-dogging (ie, not enough dogs); folks who try to get by with the bare minimum and pay the ultimate price for it.... IMHO: when in wolf country, bigger is better and the more the merrier. Also, running varieties of LGD's, not just all one type, because they all have their specialties and strengths (and weaknesses)...crossbreds and purebreds included..... Some who can run like h*ll and catch/catch up with predators, and some who are big - VERY big - who can stay back with herd/flock to defend.... I am not trying to be pro/con about any particular breed, we all have our preferences, so do I and I run Pyrs, crosses, and more...but I am trying to invite discussion over this.... I run all kinds of dogs on my goats (soon to be some sheep as well). I am not in wolf country (yet) however if they drop into Elko County it's clear sailing ovewr open BLM to my place. Also, who besides me, is a proponent of using carlancas? Anyhow, just wanted to see some discussion on the topic...no fights, no "I'm right, you're wrong" just exchange of ideas....I think we are at the fork in the road of a new era of wolf problems for many of us....
Here is the article.
Hunt long overdue for some
Grower says wolves pose different threat to Idaho's livestock
By DAVE WILKINS
TERRETON, Idaho -- Last summer was a nightmare for Jeff Siddoway and a picnic for the predators that feasted on his sheep.
His Great Pyrenees guard dogs were hors d'oeuvres for the wolves, he said.
"That's the first thing that wolves do; they kill those guard dogs," Siddoway said in a recent interview. "When we found them, they were ripped to pieces."
With the guard dogs out of the way, the sheep were easy prey for not just wolves, but coyotes, black bears and other predators.
"We've had wolf problems a time or two before, but nothing like last summer," he said.
Siddoway lost 135 sheep to wolves last summer alone at an estimated cost of nearly $40,000, he said.
Wolves still account for a small percentage of overall livestock losses in Idaho. Coyotes and disease account for far more.
But that's no consolation to Siddoway and other ranchers. Depredation by wolves just means greater overall losses that they can't afford.
"Those of us in the farming and ranching business already operate on a really slim margin," he said.
Like most ranchers, Siddoway was dead-set against the federal government reintroducing gray wolves into the Northern Rockies in the first place.
"I think it was a horrendous mistake," he said.
Siddoway received some compensation payments from Defenders of Wildlife, but it wasn't enough to cover all of the wolf depredation, he said.
Wolves may account for fewer annual sheep losses than coyotes, but they tend to kill more at one time, Siddoway said.
Coyotes and bears rarely kill more than a few sheep during one incident, but there were times last summer when Siddoway lost nearly 20 sheep in a single night to wolves, he said.
"Wolves just keep going," he said. "I think it's because they travel in such big packs."
Federal wildlife officers killed four of the five wolves that got into Siddoway's buck pastures last summer and killed a bunch of his rams.
He's worried about the one that got away.
It could come back this summer and bring friends.
"I'm confident that that wolf will find more companions to run with it and it will be back in my buck pasture next year," he said.
"The anxiety is the worst part," he said. "You don't know if they're going to come back the next night and do the same thing."