OK, maybe Fred has a point, the gates are a bit complicated. He left the main gate on the road up to Rosendal open because he thought they couldn't get out of the main field. He was wrong because the gate down by the sauna was open and they can walk up along the stream into the clover field... and along the road.
So they had a day out. When Peter and Fred arrived on Saturday morning, half of them were in the polytunnel eating hay and the others were down by the cabin eating rosehips from the shrub roses.
So, Peter and Fred decided to move the gates so they have free access into the hay supply in the polytunnel. There is nothing else in there anymore since we harvested all the pumpkins and squash. They will be able to sit in there when it rains if they want a change from their shed. I'd rather keep them off the roses though (and the rockery which has taken me years to nurture!)
rhe last few days have been nerve racking. I was in the UK and Peter was in Germany and... the pack was in Pojo. We had a call early in the week to say a wolf had been seen on our back road. We called the local hunting group and they confirmed they were getting wolves on their game cameras which are dotted around the forest in our area.
So we sent our resident shepherd - Fred - out to Pojo to watch the flock.
What to do? These are a protected species and shooting a wolf is not only illegal it also carries a heavy fine of several thousand euros.
The answer is.... think outside the box. Solar powered LED lamps with motion detectors (Lidl does them) are easy to install
and cheap to buy. Iskelma radio is even cheaper (though I hope we don't infringe copyright by playing music in an open field). Our neighbour has the radio on full blast nighttime. Fred said it was kind of surreal listening to the weather forecast at 5am in the middle of the sheep field.
So far, so good. There are so many deer (white-tails) in the forest, I can't believe the pack would come close to homes and buildings to look for sheep. Maybe they will fill up on venison and leave the lambs alone.
What is more of a worry is the long-term situation. This is a young pack that are instinctively afraid of humans. But if no one hunts them they will soon adapt to a human presence and learn that we pose no threat. That will complicate the situation.