The National Park Service is going to try a low-tech way to keep bighorn sheep and mountain goats away from tourists at Glacier National Park in Montana. Instead of drones, GPS locators or electric fences, Gracie the border collie is on the job as she herds wild animals away from parking lots, trails, and buildings.
Gracie didn’t have to do much at #loganpass tonight–the bighorns saw her on patrol and stayed on the other side of the road all evening instead of trying to enter the parking lot. #justlikewedrewitup #gooddog @glaciernps @glacierconservancy #glacier #glaciernationalpark #glaciernps #barkranger #barkrangergracie #bordercolliesareawesome #bighornsheep #wildlifeservicedog #dogswithjobs #workingdog #montanalife
Another short video of Gracie working bighorn sheep, as one ram tries to circle back into the parking lot. Listen carefully and you can hear Ranger Mark giving commands (“Wait, wait”) and another person mentioning a distance of “about 23 yards away.” During Gracie’s hazing activities, park staff often use a rangefinder to determine how far away the animals have moved. #keepwildlifewild #barkrangergracie #barkranger #loganpass #glacier @glaciernps @glacierconservancy #glaciernationalpark #dogswithjobs #workingdog #bordercollie #wildlifeservicedog #glaciernps #bighornsheep #bighornrams #herdingdog
Sheep and goats see dogs as a natural predator. The park service tried yelling, shouting and waving arms at sheep as they get close to humans and their cars at Logan Pass within the park. However, the sheep return soon after the encounter. Gracie, at 2 years old, makes the wild animals uncomfortable without invading their space. She also represents a way to control wildlife without killing any animals or harming any humans.
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