Shepherds of Coyote Rocks: Public Lands, Private Herds and the Natural World

Shepherds of Coyote Rocks Public Lands Private Herds and the Natural World Cat Urbigkit journeys alone to spend a season on Wyoming s open range tending to a herd of domestic sheep as they give birth amid the challenges of nature from severe weather to a wealth of predators

  • Title: Shepherds of Coyote Rocks: Public Lands, Private Herds and the Natural World
  • Author: Cat Urbigkit
  • ISBN: 9781581571578
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Cat Urbigkit journeys alone to spend a season on Wyoming s open range tending to a herd of domestic sheep as they give birth amid the challenges of nature from severe weather to a wealth of predators Her only companions are the livestock guardian animals BIG dogs and a pair of burros named Bill and Hillary that repeatedly prove their worth in devotion to protecting tCat Urbigkit journeys alone to spend a season on Wyoming s open range tending to a herd of domestic sheep as they give birth amid the challenges of nature from severe weather to a wealth of predators Her only companions are the livestock guardian animals BIG dogs and a pair of burros named Bill and Hillary that repeatedly prove their worth in devotion to protecting the herd.Urbigkit offers interesting reflections on the role of pastoralists around the globe and on the controversial issue in the Western US of private livestock herds being run on public lands The intimate ways in which abstract public policy plays out on the open range is eye opening.More than a tale of herding sheep, Shepherds of Coyote Rocks is an action packed true story that reveals the broad spectrum of the human relationship with nature, from harmony to rugged adventure.

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    1. really balanced look at ranching in the west, wildlife and ecosystems, predator control and or flock/predator coexistence, and day to day anecdotes of lambing out, docking and castrating, how mamma sheep act as individuals and part of the herd, and the small but growing guardian dog movement in usa. guardian dogs will fight and kill or be killed, but generally use their dogginess to maintain their own movingi territory by pissing, barking, walking around all night, staying close to lambing ewes. [...]

    2. I live in Wyoming like the author and I have always been a wildlife lover and advocate. Mr.s Urbrigkit might not agree on everything about wild life management, but she showed me another side to the story.I learned so much about sheep and the native wildlife of Wyoming. Her journey was educational and inspiring. I recommend it to anyone interested in nature and wildlife.

    3. This is a beautifully written account of the author's first time shepherding on public lands. She offers facts and research on shepherding and other kinds of transhumanance around the world, and the positive impact the practice has environmentally, socially, and economically.

    4. this is fun. will not want to set it down when my book club book comes in at the library. My neighbor's Pyrenees prompted me to BUY this book. I loved those dogs.

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