|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Thu, 12 Mar 2009 14:46:55 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] REUSE, NATURAL RESOURCES: Ft. Ord (CA) sheep|
SHEEP SHAPE: Fort Ord herd chows down on weeds, thistles and non-native
By DENNIS TAYLOR Monterey Herald (CA) March 5, 2009Pet owners and bicyclists are asked to keep their eyes peeled during the next four months for 500 to 1,000 sheep that will graze at various locations on the former Fort Ord.
The grazing is an annual chow-down that keeps the sheep fed and helps the natural environment in the 2,500-acre area.
The woolly animals, who make their home at a Los Banos ranch, are utilized each year by the Bureau of Land Management to clear selected areas of weeds, thistles and non-native grasses. The plan has worked effectively since the BLM received the property in 1996.
A chief concern is that speeding bicyclists and unleashed dogs aren't always compatible with large herds of animals.
"Right now, they're in the grasslands just to the west of the Toro Estates, where there are a lot of roads and trails that are very popular with hikers, bikers and equestrians," Eric Morgan, the BLM's Fort Ord manager, said. "Most pet owners keep their pets leashed when they see livestock, but occasionally a dog will do what dogs like to do and chase the sheep."
... For the entire article, see http://www.montereyherald.com/sports/ci_11841764?nclick_check=1 -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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