Mitigating conflicts between wolves and livestock, including sheep, is a big part of the work of managing gray wolves around the greater Yellowstone area.
So a viral video from Norway has been making the rounds lately among ranchers in Wyoming and Montana. It shows a wolf making a move against a mother sheep and her lambs, only to get chased off by the mother sheep.
Some commenters suspect it’s because the wolf is hunting alone, without support from the pack. Others figure there must be a different reason why the big bad wolf can’t manage to take on a single sheep with a couple of lambs.
Based on a highly imperfect Google translation of a Norwegian news story on the video, it appears that the mother sheep’s owner speculates that her previous encounters with predators has made her tough and impatient with wolves. Whatever the reason, it’s an amusing bit of footage.
And it may just have a few Yellowstone area ranchers wondering if there’s a chance they can import some of those Norwegian sheep.