Care of the dog: sheepdogs will save both livestock and wolves
Ancient breed being reintroduced in Portugal to save livestock, while encouraging predators’ return
An ancient breed of sheepdog is being recruited to protect livestock in a campaign to encourage the return of wolves to the mountains of Portugal.
Dozens of Serra da Estrela mountain dog puppies are to be trained as sheepdogs to help farmers ward off attacks from wolves, as the species makes a comeback.
The idea is that shepherds who have dogs that can fight off wolf attacks are less likely to want to kill the predators...