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Concerns raised over aggressive sheep dogs
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Posted on September 22 2011, 2:36pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Vestal Peak And Arrow Peak in the Grenadier Range, south of Silverton,
covered in fresh snow on Sunday.
Photo by David Emory
The use of more aggressive guard dogs used by sheep herders in the high country around Silverton is raising concerns about public safety.
And the San Juan County commissioners were dogged by the problem last week, as a dozen residents complained about the risks they say they face in the backcountry.
Also present were a couple sheep ranchers and a representative of the Colorado Lamb Council.
“There’s a problem here,” said San Juan County Board Chairman Ernie Kuhlman. “What can we do about it? It doesn’t work well with hikers, packers and recreationalists, obviously.”
Scott Fetchenhier of Silverton said the large, aggressive “attack dogs” used in the last few years are “potentially dangerous animals.”

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