After three domestic sheep were attacked on three separate days, Missoula city officials are cracking down on people who fail to keep their dogs under control on the North Hills.
“Two of the sheep were able to stay on the mountain, but the third will probably be euthanized,” Missoula open space coordinator Morgan Valliant said on Tuesday. “We have very few repeat offenders. Once you see your dog tear apart a sheep, you don’t want it to happen again.”
But unfortunately, the attacks keep happening as the city counts on sheep to graze down noxious weeds such as leafy spurge and Dalmatian toadflax on about 1,000 acres of public open space. A private contractor has moved 150 sheep onto the North Hills above downtown Missoula, which also has numerous popular hiking trails.