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Dogs May Be Key To Protecting Arizona Ranches Against Mexican Gray Wolf
Farming often involves traveling long distances in remote areas to check on crops or cattle. And no matter what crop is being harvested, you’ll often find many farms share one thing in common – a farm dog. Working dogs may be a tool in the ongoing battle between cattle ranchers and the reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf.
At a half-day forum put on by the Arizona Department of Agriculture, I learned Big White Dogs are actually an umbrella of farm dog category – like Akbash or Anatolian shepherd dogs.
The forum was meant to educate ranchers in northeastern Arizona and New Mexico on how to use dogs to protect their herds.
The turn to the use of dogs in the Southwest is an new effort and it’s
hard to understand why the rancher s have not thought about the
use of these animals as it has a long history and an effective history.
The wolves in the Southwest are smaller in stature than those in the north so perhaps they don’t need
to use the larger dogs as are used in the north.
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