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Fencing, Bright Lights and Loud Noises Keep Wolves at Bay in ID

June 29, 2009

HAILEY, Idaho – Bright lights, brightly-colored fencing, and loud noises are three things wolves really dislike, and use of them is among strategies being deployed near Sun Valley to protect sheep and other livestock. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, ranchers, and federal agencies have been experimenting with non-lethal methods to keep wolves at bay, and so far, they're finding success; last year, only one sheep out of some 10,000 in the area was lost to a wolf.

Mike Stevens, owner of the Lava Lake Lamb and Livestock company, is participating in the program and says the approach is a good one.

"Generally, we have found that the pro-active approach is very helpful, and really, it's going to be essential in the longer term to co-exist with wolves in the region."

Stevens says the downsides to the approach are that the measures are labor intensive, and while sheep losses are fewer, there's been an increase in wolf attacks on sheep guard dogs, which he says is upsetting.

Wolves are the stars of attention whenever they kill sheep in Idaho, but Stevens says they're not the only predators livestock operators are learning to live with on the landscape.

"Mountain lions, black bears, coyotes; we have the full range of predators, so we certainly have losses."

The Western Wolf Coalition reports that, while 314 head of livestock were lost to wolves last year, between 5,000 and 10,000 head are lost to other predators each year.



Deb Courson, Public News Service - ID