Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | September 30, 2016

LGDs for Mountain Lions

Bronson is really earning his keep as a LGD at Borland’s Farm.  LGD or Livestock Guardian Dogs, could help with the growing mountain lion population around children and pets. Knowing that a Glenn and Cecilia were very happy with their new dog, I asked Cecilia for info to share:

From: Cecelia

We were gifted with a 9 mo/old Great Pyr / Anatolian / Akbash mix last March. Until then we commonly saw lions in the arroyo, above the lab, and even on the driveway a couple times a week. One brazen so’n’so used to sit where Pavel parks his car and watch for kitty cats coming out of our bedroom window! Over the 7+ years we’ve been here we’ve lost about a dozen head to lions – mostly at night but some daylight kills. We have not seen a lion since we got Bronson, though we did lose a doeling this summer (daytime). Bronson must have been taking a nap. We are pleased with his performance in general. He patrols the whole property all nite and barks most of the nite. That should diminish (the barking, not the patroling) as he passes 2 y/o. We find his scat on the edge of the property, never near the house. These dogs should live with the flock and not be brought into the house and made into pets. They should be taught to walk on a lead and come when called, maybe sit, but they are often asked to make decisions on their own and are very independent.

They have some “bad habits”: if they’re bored they wander and they often steal things and bring them home (1 boot, a bathroom rug, rolls bird netting, boxes, etc.) They are very gentle souls, carrying tiny kittens in their big mouths and not hurting them at all. When we have new kids/lambs born, Bronson wants to lick them clean and cuddle them. He is 15 mo/o now and weighs in at about 100lbs so he could knock down small children but would not intentionally hurt them. There’s more info if you want it. Look on websites about LGDs – Livestock Guardian Dogs.

Cecelia

There are 94,000+ options here for you to consider: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=lgd%20livestock%20guardian%20dogs


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  1. Wow…So interesting. My apologies about lions at Borland. I had no idea they were so common at their property. Such keen animals!

    On Sep 30, 2016 10:08 AM, “Palomar Mountain News” wrote:

    > Bonnie Phelps posted: “Bronson is really earning his keep as a LGD at > Borland’s Farm. LGD or Livestock Guardian Dogs, could help with the > growing mountain lion population around children and pets. Knowing that a > Glenn and Cecilia were very happy with their new dog, I asked Cec” >


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