Riders are continuing to ride through herds of cattle, making sure calves are paired with their mothers to make them less vulnerable when approached by predators. Range Riders, the Red Rock Lakes NWR, and ranchers removed three steer carcasses from the Wilderness Area on the northside of the Refuge. They died of larkspur poisoning and were moved to a cattle free pasture to minimize predators in areas occupied by livestock.
Last week, July 20th-24th, we held our final Centennial Weed Week with the Nature Conservancy. The County, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge joined us for another successful weed week. The valley was again treated chemically and mechanically for Knapweed, Houndstongue, Hoary Alyssum, and Black Henbane.
Cattle have moved onto the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge grazing units! Range riders are moving around in those herds as well as the herds on the northside of the valley. To date, 3-5 wolf packs, 8-9 adult grizzly bears, one black bear, and a cougar have been accounted for across the valley. Some wolves near the Dell area have been in contact with cattle and some folks suspect some losses are due to the pack; however, there have been no confirmed depredations by Wildlife Services.