Livestock Protection Dogs study update
Livestock Protection Dogs study update, here's the update with information about fieldwork throughout the month of July.
- Continue the collection of data on use of space for dogs, sheep and large carnivores; behavioral data for dogs; mortality data for the sheep; as well as attitudinal data, in locations throughout Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.
- We started testing the Behavioral responses of livestock guardian dogs of Wolf and deer decoys. The test is designed to look for differences in breeds, in response to new stimuli in the landscape. As the actual interactions with predators are rare and difficult to document, these con tests allow us to study how the dogs respond to stimuli that can perceive as a threat to their sheep. These tests will continue until September, although each dog is exposed to the deer and wolves gimmicks only once a grazing season.
- All international shipments of new livestock guardian dogs were received. The dogs arrived happy and healthy, and have been placed with new producers.
- kangal 1 and 2 cães de gado transmontano were removed or relocated in July. The kangal has been removed due to an abnormality of the hip (hip dysplasia) and replaced by a new dog. Both cães de gado transmontano were transferred to because of connection problems with the sheep and socialize with people. Both seem to be working much better in their new environments.
- cães de gado transmontano additional 2 will be placed with a new producer this fall. They are too young for the placement at the moment.
- Currently, the study includes 17 producers, 21 bands of sheep, 20, 9, 11 karakachans kangals cães de gado transmontano and 21 white collar dogs (some, not whites-collar dogs are monitored also).
- There was 1 depredation of bear confirmed in July.
- There were 4 Wolf depredations committed in July.
- Trail cameras continue to detect wolves and grizzly bears in the vicinity of the bands of sheep. In particular, Grizzly bears are regularly detected in Montana, and the wolves are regularly detected in Idaho. These observations were shared with the local wildlife officials.
Julie k. Young, Ph.d., Study director
Daniel Kinka, Ph.d. student
Jorge Munoz, Oregon and Washington technician
Caleb Morrison, Idaho technician
Alex Potash, Montana and Wyoming technician