Tamarack Resort (Idaho) notified their social media followers that West Mountain Road near the resort will be closed today, June 28th and Thursday, June 30th for a large herd of sheep that is moving through the area.
The resort posted a bird’s eye view of the sheep herd moving down the road, and included ‘Livestock Etiquette’ for mountain bikers and hikers that might encounter the herd this week.
Check out the full Facebook post below:
You herd it here first! Traffic will be a little baaaahhhked up on West Mountain Road Tuesday, June 28th and Thursday, June 30th as the sheep move north.
-The sheep are typically protected by Great Pyrenees or other working sheep dogs. They are not pets, they take their job seriously!
-Mountain bikers should dismount from their bikes.
-Walk your bike through the sheep and then continue on your ride.
-Keep your pets on a leash.
-If the working dogs approach you, talk to them and let them know you are a human and not a threat.
-Approach cattle very slowly and give them time to move off the trail.
-If a cow runs down the trail in front of you, stop and wait, and let the animal move off the trail.
-If you see anyone harassing cattle, wildlife or wild horses, please notify the BLM or the Forest Service.
I don’t know about you, but I’m actually feeling some FOMO for not being able to witness this in person. I mean, how many other places could you be forced to dismount from your mountain bike because a herd of hundreds of sheep is blocking the road?
Also, I appreciate Tamarack using one pun in their post, but they missed a good opportunity to use ‘sheepish’.
I would have gone with something like ‘Mountain bikers should dismount from their bikes, but don’t be sheepish! Just walk your bike through the herd and don’t look baaaaaaaack.’