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The latest line of defense against wolves on this Colorado ranch? Guard donkeys

https://www.cpr.org/2022/03/23/colorado-ranching-wolves-guard-donkeys/

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Hope it works out for them!

On the Snohomish River delta, there was an environmental cleanup a couple decades back, with an rainwater infiltration diversion system (membranes) to cap the polluted ground water. To discourage damage to the membranes from blackberries and other growth, they fenced the area and run a bunch of goats on it. To protect the goats from predators, they have a handful of llama’s also roaming around. It’s all described in the remediation plan. Appears to be working.


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We were power line clearing from Yakima to Tricities about fifteen years ago and one farm we were working on had a bunch of geese. He would buy some and the coyotes would clean them up with in a month or so. He bought some lamas and the coyotes left the geese alone.
On another farm that had beef cows they were having problems with the coyotes killing his calves. He too bought some lamas and ran them with the cows and that ended the coyote attacks by the coyotes.

If wolves were the problem I'm sure the lamas would of been wolf food.

Wolves kill anything they find appealing to them for food. 
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You know what else works.........a gun

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Donkeys are good alarm systems. If you never had one and have a long driveway. You put the donkey in a field along the driveway and you will know if anyone comes along.

I had one back in the 70s. Boarded it across town. It learned the sound of my truck and when I got near still out of sight it would start braying than would wake the dead.

Any vehicles and it would start in.

I ended up giving to a cattle rancher who used it to halter train his prize cows for fair. They put a halter on both and a lead line between them. That donkey took the cow every where. The cow took the donkey no where.
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A tethered cow and a pack of starving wild wolves are two different animals.
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Donkeys aren’t a flight animal like horses, they are known to be aggressive towards predators. They’re typically not afraid of other animals. Burros can be pretty nasty, that’s why they are often seen with sheep herds. I had some mules that were pretty hard on dogs.
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wonder how long until the wolves figure out they like donkey

 


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