Used car lot inflatable dancer used by Medford rancher…
Wolves have been a hot topic in Stevens County, but also in other NW states as well. The issue of deterring wolves from attacking cattle is the million-dollar question for both the Department of Fish and Wildlife and NE Washington ranchers.
A Jackson County, Oregon rancher has found a novel deterrent in his efforts to keep the predators away from his cattle. Ted Birdseye is now using a lime-green inflatable dancer that you would usually see in a used car lot or strip mall. He employed this measure after wolves attacked and killed five calves and one guard dog.
Powered by a generator, it blows air into a balloon which wiggles and jumps in the air. It is also lit up and Birdseye told The Mail newspaper in Medford that it looks like an alien at night.
Birdeye said why he is unsure if it will be a long-term wolf deterrent is has worked the first two nights. The rancher said after putting up the inflatable dancers he’s had the best sleep in months as there was no howling or barking going on near his cattle.
The inflatable dancer was sent by a Defenders of Wildlife conservation group.
Birdseye has about 90 calves in the field where killings have occurred. One of his guard dogs was killed by wolves and he’s also used electric fences, lights, bright flags and noisemakers to scare off the offending back before turning to the inflatable dancers after hearing about them being successful in Eastern Oregon.
Only time will tell but considering the losses Birdseye has taken from wolf attacks – something NE Washington ranchers are quite familiar with – it’s certainly worth a try. Click here for the full story.
(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)