… a prized border collie used to work cattle was killed and another dog was injured by wolves…
Colorado rancher who lost calf to wolves believes wolves will kill more dogs than cattle
Miles Blumhardt, Fort Collins Coloradoan
Jan 12, 2022
The Jackson County rancher who suffered the first loss of livestock to a wolf in 70 years believes wolves will take a greater toll on dogs than cattle.
Don Gittleson, who runs about 180 registered Angus cattle on nearly 11,000 leased acres north of Walden, had a 550-pound calf killed by wolves Dec. 18. The kill was confirmed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
He said the pack, which includes two adults that naturally migrated from Wyoming and six young born about nine months ago, have not injured or killed any of his other cattle despite its members continuing to move through the pasture near his house where the calf was killed.
But that coexistence ended Sunday when a manager on a neighboring ranch reported to Colorado Parks and Wildlife that a prized border collie used to work cattle was killed and another dog was injured by wolves.
The wildlife agency confirmed the attack was from the pack of wolves that has a den in the area. It is the only known pack of wolves in the state.
Gittleson said he believes the dog, which was killed Saturday night, won't be the last dog killed by wolves in Colorado...
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