Hopefully everyone’s staying warm out there! Temperatures have fallen and the Valley has already received a bit of snow, but most has melted. Participating ranches have begun moving cattle out of the Valley for the winter, but the Team will continue to track and ride through herds until everyone has left or until the weather evicts them!
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Archery season is now in full swing for antelope, bighorn, black bear, deer, elk and mountain lion, so please remember to be safe and courteous hunters when out and about in the Valley. Additionally, for both hunters and non-hunters, with regular red flag warnings, be aware of where you are driving vehicles. Stay off dry grass that may be ignited by vehicles to avoid starting any more wildfires, and to avoid contributing to the poor air quality we are currently experiencing. Please reference the following photos: One taken in May and one taken as of September 4th.
Bowhunting for antelope has begun in the Valley and bear sightings have increased, so if you plan on hunting, remember to be bear aware and carry bear spray while you’re out in this beautiful country! Bears are not only found in the timber, but out in the sagebrush as well. Good luck! The team has had a busy few weeks, so there is much to report.
As we transition into August (can you believe July is already over?), the team carries on riding and tracking to reduce undocumented losses. Cattle are spread across the Valley and the team is doing a great job keeping up with all the pastures!
We had a very quiet end to July, so please remember: If you see something, say something! Sarah Hale, Wildlife Program Coordinator, would love to hear from you if you see bears, wolves, moose, or anything else that may be a sight to see! Her contact information is: email@example.com or 317-753-0611.
We’ve made it half way through July, and as more cattle continue to arrive in the Valley, the Wildlife Team is ramping up their range riding and deployment of trail cameras to reduce undocumented losses.
The Range Riders received two more horses for use this season, one from Ruby Dell Ranch, and one from Shana Drimal (Thank you!). Our Assistant Range Rider, Mickey, has accepted a seasonal position with the Bureau of Land Management, so we must bid her farewell, but wish her the best of luck! As temperatures heat up in the Valley, the Range Riders continue to monitor cattle, and the Wildlife Tracker continues to document wildlife sign.
June is in full swing, and pronghorn fawns are becoming a common sight in the Valley! The Range Riders received three horses from J Bar L Ranch (thank you!), and MJ arrived with her four horses that she will use throughout the season. The riders have begun tracking by horseback as well as riding through cattle, and the wildlife tracker has begun travelling by mechanical horse (ATV).
The Centennial Valley Association had a very successful season this year and an incredibly hard working range rider team. The team increased community awareness, identified where and how various wildlife, particularly predators, were utilizing the landscape, and monitored cattle so they did not become a target for predation.
Our range riding season has come to a close and this is the last report of the season. Over the five and a half month season, in total riders, were on the landscape tracking wildlife and monitoring cattle all but eight days! Riders found and reported forty-seven compromised cattle, twenty-nine carcasses, eight of which were possible predations, one confirmed grizzly bear attack on a calf, one confirmed grizzly bear depredation, and one probable wolf depredation. About fifteen wolves were documented using the Valley this season, from two different packs, one pack with pups of the year.