Colorado

Jul 7, 2010 9:14 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Mountain biker attack worries Colorado sheep ranchers

Sheep ranchers in the West are looking for ways to better manage the dogs that protect their herds against predators after two attacked a Colorado mountain biker two years ago.

The American Sheep Industry Association has been working with state groups and federal agencies to address the problem as more people make their way into once-remote areas where sheep graze.

The association's executive director, Peter Orwick, says more management and public education are needed.

But ranchers also say without the dogs, they would suffer huge losses to coyotes and mountain lions, and the public needs to be responsible for knowing their surroundings when they're in the wilderness.

Mountain bikers say the dogs need to be kept away from the trails where they ride.

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