Gray wolves are back in Western Oregon, which is celebrated by conservationists.
Not everyone likes the return of wolves to the region, but they have to live with it. And living with the wolves and not killing them to protect livestock is an ongoing goal of several organizations.
Randy Wolf (his real name) is with JCSA and a member of the Jackson County Wolf Advisory Committee.
Trying to keep wolves away from livestock is a constant challenge. And news reports tend to focus on permits issued to shoot wolves.
But there are many more approaches considered for keeping wolves away from cattle and sheep… including breeding big dogs. Some breeds–we’re talking big, wolf-sized dogs–have protected herds for centuries.
So the National Wildlife Research Center in the Department of Agriculture spent several years studying the effectiveness of several large dog breeds in keeping wolves at bay.
You know how people always say you should not run from a dog that appears threatening? That’s because the dog is more likely to run after you if you create a chase situation.
And it’s apparently just as true of wolves as it is of dogs.
Mark Coats is a rancher in the Tulelake area, just as concerned as any rancher about the rise of wolves in the region. He offers advice through the web at Rancher Predator Awareness, including ways to train cattle not to run when confronted by predators.
By THE JEFFERSON EXCHANGE TEAM• AUG 12, 2019
Hemp may be the hot crop of the moment, but there are still plenty of agricultural products standing on four legs. Cattle ranching continues to provide beef for consumers and cash for producers, and the Jackson County Stockmen’s Association is right in the middle of it all.
JCSA lets members share expertise and facilities, so small ranches can use some of the resources common to bigger operations. This month’s Stories of Southern Oregon goes into the history of cattle ranching and the association’s role in it.