Shepherds of Coyote Rocks: Public Lands, Private Herds and the Natural World

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Cat Urbigkit journeys alone to spend a season on Wyoming’s open range tending to a herd of domestic sheep as they give birth amid the challenges of nature – from severe weather to a wealth of predators. Her only companions are the livestock guardian animals (BIG dogs and a pair of burros named Bill and Hillary!) that repeatedly prove their worth in devotion to protecting the herd.

Cat Urbigkit journeys alone to spend a season on Wyoming’s open range tending to a herd of domestic sheep as they give birth amid the challenges of nature – from severe weather to a wealth of predators. Her only companions are the livestock guardian animals (BIG dogs and a pair of burros named Bill and Hillary!) that repeatedly prove their worth in devotion to protecting the herd. Urbigkit offers interesting reflections on the role of pastoralists around the globe and on the controversial issue in the Western US of private livestock herds being run on public lands. The intimate ways in which abstract public policy plays out on the open range is eye-opening. More than a tale of herding sheep, Shepherds of Coyote Rocks is an action-packed true story that reveals the broad spectrum of the human relationship with nature, from harmony to rugged adventure.

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Award-winning author and photographer Cat Urbigkit’s home base is on a western Wyoming ranch. She is a correspondent for a variety of media in the western region and a contributing writer to Stephen Bodio’s Querencia blog.

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In this detailed record of western life, rancher Urbigkit recalls a season with her flock of sheep on Wyoming’s open plains. She writes eloquently of the patient nature of a shepherd’s life and makes heroes of her guardian animals: dogs bred for the work of sheep tending and two burros (named Bill and Hillary) that possess an innate ability to protect and defend their charges. Though she is far from isolated, Urbigkit is still able to immerse herself in the moment, caring for orphaned lambs, struggling against predators, and witnessing the effects of intense weather. The descriptions of her day-to-day experiences are fascinating and provide a window into a life that few readers will know, and the author is to be lauded for the care in which she writes about this topic. The book stumbles a bit, however, when she strays into political topics, and the text would have benefited from a tighter narrative focus that did not include one-sided arguments. The picture Urbigkit paints of the ranching life is a stirring one, though, and with her truly stunning photographs, it is a worthwhile visit into another world. --Colleen Mondor

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