You might see a wolf out on the trail sometime soon if you haven’t already. With the wolf population rising in the West, along with the continuing rise in the human population, there will likely be more confrontations between ranchers and wolves and between dogs and wolves. Scanning the internet, I saw that many ranchers were using guard dogs to protect their herds instead of using poisons, leg hold traps, and helicopters. Many were using the Great Pyrenees in particular. The battle for resources between wolves and humans is going to increase and more wolves are probably going to be slaughtered to make way for more cows and more people. Wolves kill livestock because they need to eat and probably don’t want to die, just like us, so maybe we can understand that.
One on one, a Great Pyrenees can’t stop a North American wolf, though they always fight to the death trying, only to eventually wind up with their throats ripped open. Wolves are too big, too fast, too smart, and too wild. They kill for a living. As a result of this, there have been reported cases of dogs being killed while trying to protect livestock. Perhaps steps can be taken to improve the Great Pyrenees, even though the breed is already good at what it does, guarding the herd. Maybe a little Airedale terrier blood mixed in to make him faster and feistier, or Irish Wolf hound to make him taller, or French Bull dog to make him smell bad. I don’t know for sure, but I see a sort of symbiotic continuum here. Maybe this would be good news for everyone. Animal lovers would have wolves, wolves would have their lives, ranchers would have their livestock, and the Great Pyrenees would be will fed and cinch his page in American history.