Komondor Guard Dogs Reduce Sheep Losses to Coyotes: A Preliminary Evaluation
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CitationLinhart, S. B., Sterner, R. T., Carrigan, T. C., & Henne, D. R. (1979). Komondor guard dogs reduce sheep losses to coyotes: a preliminary evaluation. Journal of Range Management, 32(3), 238-241.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractFour Komondor dogs were trained to attack captive coyotes and to stay within fenced sheep pastures. The dogs, used in pairs, were then evaluated on three ranches (65 to 330-ha pastures) to determine their potential in protecting sheep from coyote predation. Daily checks of sheep losses were made on each ranch for three consecutive 20-day periods: preceding placement of the dogs, during their time in pastures, and after their removal. Sheep kills by coyotes decreased significantly during and following use of the dogs, suggesting some potential for the deterrence of coyote predation-at least under fenced-grazing conditions.