Seven Years of Success Protecting Sheep in Idaho's Wolf Country

Nearly thirty thousand sheep, one of the highest concentrations of domestic sheep on public lands in the western USA, are grazed annually under the protection of local sheepherders supported by the Wood River Wolf Project, the nation’s largest wolf and sheep coexistence project. Pioneered by Defenders of Wildlife, Blaine County, Lava Lake Land & Livestock, and the U.S. Forest Service, the Wood River Wolf Project is a partnership of local wildlife advocates, ranching operations and county, state and federal agencies working together to use proactive, nonlethal deterrents to minimize livestock and wolf conflicts. The project has proven that wolves and livestock can successfully share the same landscape with minimal conflict and without the need for lethal government intervention.