Ranchers, researchers test European dog breeds against wolves
| Video: Maremma sheepdogs guard goats from coyotes near Terrebonne
A Kangal guard dog leans against Ben Hober, of Montana. The dog is part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services experiment to see how well European guard dogs protect sheep from wolves. U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services / Courtesy photo
Ed Barnes kneels down to interact with some of his Maremma sheepdogs that protect his goats from coyotes and other predators in his pasture near Terrebonne last week. While the Maremma breed is of European extraction, it's not part of the federal experiment to find guard dogs for livestock tough enough to guard against wolves. However, Barnes' wife, Jennifer Cole, says she thinks the Maremmas can handle them. "We could not have goats out here without them," she said. Ryan Brennecke / The Bulletin
A pair of Ed Barnes' Maremma sheepdogs keep watch over his goats in their Terrebonne pasture on Friday. Ryan Brennecke / The Bulletin
A pair of Ed Barnes' Maremma sheepdogs watch as he leaves his pasture in Terrebonne on Friday. Barnes uses the dogs to protect his livestock from predators. Ryan Brennecke / The Bulletin
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