[Cdt-l] Dangerous sheep dogs
mail at cdtsociety.org
Tue Aug 26 14:16:55 CDT 2014
CDT hikers, along with local recreationists, report hazardous encounters
with the Akbash dogs that guard sheep herds around Silverton, Colorado.
The animals, which stand up to nearly three feet tall and weigh up to
140 pounds, frequently startle passing travelers with their aggressive,
snarling approach. Raising hiking poles as a defensive measure does not
help; on the contrary, it is more likely to prompt an attack. (Don't
throw rocks at the dogs or run away from them, either.) At least one
long-distance hiker was bitten and needed medical care, and one local
hiker now carries a loaded gun when she goes out for a hike. The Forest
Service is aware of the problem and is requiring ranchers to keep their
sheep herds at least a quarter-mile from the CDT. Anyone who has an
unpleasant encounter with the large white dogs should report the
incident to the San Juan National Forest's Columbine Ranger District
(which has an office in Silverton). [From a report in the Denver Post.]
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