Blog posts in Range Rider

Range Riding in the Centennial Valley

Want to learn more about Range Riding, the people, and how the program works? How is Range Riding beneficial to the agricultural community, community safety, and wildlife alike? To find out, check out this video Louise Johns  created from her pictures and time spent with the Range Riding Team of 2016! Thank you to Louise, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and National Geographic for your talents and partnership in bringing this together! 


2017 Final Range Rider Season Summary

The final Range Rider update is here! Learn about the cattle, the bears, the wolves, and other wildlife and how they all utilized the Centennial Valley during May-October 2017. Thank you to the participating ranchers, community, and donors who made this program possible this season. And a huge thank you to our Range Riding Team, Sarah, Marcie, and Steven! Without the three of you, we would not have made strides to accomplishing our mission and program goals. Thank you!

October 15th-31st Range Rider Update

Most cattle have moved out of the Valley or are on their way out, so it has become much quieter in the Centennial. Sadly, the Team must wrap up their season in the Valley until next spring, but look forward to returning and seeing everyone’s smiling faces next year! Thank you to all participating ranches, and those of you who reported wildlife sightings. The Team could not have accomplished nearly as much as they did without you!

Here is the final wildlife tracking report for the 2017 season:

October 1st-15th Range Rider Update

Can you believe it’s already the second to last biweekly Range Rider report for the season? As the season comes to an end, the Team is still diligently riding through cattle and tracking wildlife in the Valley, but must say goodbye to Steven, the Wildlife Tracker, whose last day was October 20th. The Range Riders will continue monitoring cattle until October 31st.   

September 16th-30th Range Rider Update

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!

September 1st-15th Range Rider Update

Red flag warnings have given way to winter storm warnings, so it appears that Fall is underway in the Valley! Bear activity has increased, and there is one potentially wounded bear in the Metzel Creek area. Please be alert and bear aware when recreating or working around the Valley, and always carry bear spray.

August 16-31st Range Rider Update

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.

August 1-15th Range Rider Update

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.

July 16th-31st Range Rider Update

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: or 317-753-0611.

June 16th-30th Range Rider Update

Grizzly Bear Track; Bryan Ulring

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 1st-15th Range Rider Update

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).