Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A bill before an agriculture committee in the Idaho legislature aims to keep shepherds from abandoning their flocks. The state's wool industry still relies on old-fashioned sheep herders but some are leaving those positions for better jobs. Now, the bill has hit a nerve with immigrant rights groups.

Peruvian Herders Changing The Dynamics Of Wolf Conflicts

Oct 24, 2011

MCCALL, Idaho – The Spanish word for wolf is "lobo." That's a useful word to know for our next story. Many of the people who deal most closely with wolves are migrant workers from Peru and other Latin American countries. They're sheep herders. And they're changing the dynamics of wolf conflicts in the Northwest.

We're at nearly 6,000 feet in the mountains above McCall, Idaho. But the sheep -– they look like the sea. The band of 2,000 greyish animals flows and swells through the forest and the mud.

A herder named Nequar Pocomucha Huaroc gives a nod to the sky.