At just 20 months old, Casper, a Great Pyrenees, exhibits a profound dedication to his role as a sheep herder. Alongside Daisy, his canine companion, Casper resides on a farm in Decatur, Georgia, under the care of their owner, John Wierwille. Their primary responsibility involves safeguarding the sheep from any potential threats.

This protective instinct was put to the ultimate test when a group of 11 coyotes ventured too close to their home. Displaying remarkable bravery and selflessness, Casper confronted the pack, risking his own safety to defend the vulnerable flock. In an awe-inspiring display of courage and strength, Casper managed to fend off eight of these wild predators, ensuring the safety of the sheep. Casper’s heroic actions underscore the innate protective nature and loyalty of the Great Pyrenees breed, as well as the deep bond they share with those they are tasked to protect.

The Trouble Begins

It all started around 9 p.m. on November 3rd when Wierwille noticed a few coyotes lingering in the cul-de-sac near his home. They cleared off when he yelled and tossed a few rocks in their direction, but they weren’t ready to give up on the potential feast in the backyard.

Around 2:30 a.m., Wierwille was awakened by Casper and Daisy barking. Outside, he found the dogs herding the sheep into a corner of the pen to protect them. A few of the coyotes had already infiltrated the enclosure, with several more waiting just beyond. Wierwille estimates there were about five or six predators this time.

“I wasn’t really afraid they were going to attack me or anything,” he said. “But they weren’t responding [to me], they were focused on Casper I think more than anything.”

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Casper Springs to Action

With the coyotes refusing to back down, Casper made a fateful decision. He charged toward the pack, engaging in a terrifying fight as Wierwille looked on. A few of the coyotes were killed in the initial skirmish, while the others took off in different directions. But Casper wasn’t satisfied. He gave chase.

A second confrontation took place out of Wierwille’s line of sight, with several more coyotes losing their lives. In total, Casper killed eight coyotes. However, when the dust cleared, the brave Great Pyrenees was nowhere to be found.

“So the next day, we thought we could find him, we thought he must have been killed and so we were looking for him,” Wierwille said. “If he wasn’t killed, we figured he was hurt, we knew he was hurt, because we found parts of his tail and blood and other things, so we were worried about him.”

Neighbors joined in the search, discovering the coyote remains. But still, there was no sign of Casper.

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The Wounded Hero Appears

Two days later, long after Wierwille wrote him off as dead, Casper reappeared in the chicken hutch. He was alive but badly injured.

Casper underwent several surgeries at Atlanta’s LifeLine Animal Project. They amputated his broken tail and stitched up deep wounds on his neck and back. According to Wierwille, the non-profit saved Casper’s life.

Casper’s career as a sheep guardian is likely over. Hopefully, he can now spend the rest of his days as a spoiled house pet.

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