SAVE A WOLF
GET A DONKEY
It is well known that donkeys make very effective guards for livestock such as cattle and sheep against canine predators such as the wolf and the jackal.
The rule is to always have atleast two donkeys in case of guarding against wolves and a ratio of one donkey to twenty head of cattle. It is recommended that mammoth donkeys be used against wolf predation as they are stronger and wolves will rather avoid the cattle in the presence of such a donkey.
Donkeys have a natural instinct to attack canine predators with a vicious assault of biting and kicking. They have no fear of wolves.
Donkeys are already being used in this way by various cattle ranchers and sheep farmers all over the world.
Join our campaign in making this known to ranchers and sheep farmers. There is more to a donkey than meets they eye.
They need no training
They eat the land like the stock they are guarding
They are generally friendly towards humans
This is a favourite of The Wolf Army becuse it is the most logical and least complicated solution. Donkeys are already used in Europe and some parts of the US with great effect. No special training, nor special food needed. Mammoth donkeys should be used as companion grazers against wolves and never less than two. Ratio should be two donkeys per 20 heads of cattle. Please share this as wide as possible.
Photo credit: Brian Harricks
The American Mammoth is the world's largest breed of donkey and amazingly, their usual size is between 14 and 16 hands although some giants of the breed get to be the size of the shire horse. However, their small numbers mean that in some countries (for example New Zealand), Mammoth donkeys are classified as a Rare Breed of Donkey.
A donkey guarding sheep. Although they seem docile animals, these little donkeys are ferocious defenders of the herd or flock they associate with. Unlike other herd animals they do not tend to run or go into a panic when accosted by wolves, coyotes, jackal, dogs or any other canine predators. They attack what they deem a threat and not only kick with deadly effect but also uses its teeth as a weapon. Donkeys like horses have a mean bite.
The dog as an alternative method of combating wolf predation in a non lethal way
Few methods are as well-known as the guard dog to keep wolves at bay.There are many different types of dogs bred for this purpose. These dogs are usually large and strong with a natural instinct to protect its charge. The downside of dogs is that they need lots of care, they need to be fed and it is not advisable to leave them unattended for long periods of time. The most popular breed are the Anatolan sheepdog or also known as a Kangal, the German shephard, Pyrenean Mountain Dog (The Great Pyrenees), Komondor and many others are but a few of these special dogs. Most of the dogs mentioned here have their specific specialties and most need different training. The German Shephard for instance is best used to assist a human shephard. The Anatolan on the other side is highly protective of its flock and will stay with it for long periods of time and will even attack humans it deems a threat.
They have all got one thing in common though, maintenance and feeding is high and training is very intensive making them very expensive tools in the buisness of livestock guarding.
Safety for your dog
Dogs should rather be kept in a secure mesh enclosure if they have to sleep outside. A chained dog is like baiting for a wolf and the dog will have no chance of escape. Best still to keep them inside if you stay in the wolf country. We have read so often of people living in wolf country that complain that wolves come into their properties and attack their pets and we recommend that a fence be put up in the area where the pets are kept at night and that fladry be used.
Fladry consists of a rope or wire that traditionally has strips of red or orange flagging all along its length.This flagging "whips" about in the wind and acts as a "psycholoical" deterrant to wolves. We personally have found that the white fladry works very well especally at night.
Good idea for ranchers is to use fladry to surround their night corrals, where they enclose livestock for the night so that they can better keep an eye on their herds and to protect them from predators and when an electrified wire is added to the fladry it is called "Turbo-fladry. If any predators let their curiousity get the better of them and they try and touch the turbo-fladry, the shock they get reinforces the idea that anything to do with fladry is bad.
Fladry lines have been used for this purpose for several centuries and is worthwhile as a simple way to deter wolves from livestock as wolves have a natural aversion to unknown objects blowing in the wind and making unnatural sounds...
Another good deterrant in this category is to place lare white flags cut from a noisy material like plastic shopping bags around your fence. Fladry nd flags must be moved so that wolves do not have a chance to figure out a way around the strange object. It is always good to differ the sized of flags and also the colors.
Photographs used on this page are deemed to be free and is only for the use of educational and informative purposes.
'The Wolf Army reserve copy right to all content printed on the page unless otherwise stated.
The Wolf Army U.K 2010©