Why Sheep Started So Many Wars in the American West

var TRINITY_TTS_WP_CONFIG = {“cleanText”:”Why Sheep Started So Many Wars in the American West. In early October, when the leaves turn golden and the shadows of the Sawtooth Mountains lengthen, the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival moves through south central Idaho. The\u00a0festival, complete with a sheep parade, sheepdog trials, and a wool fest, celebrates the long relationship between sheep and their human companions.\u00a0\r\n\r\nSun Valley, Idaho, is synonymous with New West wealth, but it sits in the Wood River Valley, where more humble ranchers and farmers have long made their living. In the 1990s, as bike paths shouldered their way along a historic sheep driveway, local community members sought a way to minimize conflict between recreation and sheepherding. Hence the festival, a modern palliative to the centuries-old range wars that have occurred on sheep-raising land in the West. \r\n\r\n\u201cEvery year our sheep are forced to travel farther and wider through the hills to avoid new housing developments and populated hiking and … Continue reading Why Sheep Started So Many Wars in the American West