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: shale@centennialvalleyassociation.org or 317-753-0611.

For your wildlife tracking report: Wolf sign was only found once on the northeast side of the Valley. One of our trail cameras captured a sow grizzly with two yearling cubs and a single black bear towards the foothills of the Gravelly Range. Additional black bear sign was found on the north side and a bear bed was found along Long Creek. Seven moose have been seen on four different occasions throughout the Valley: a single moose, two adult moose, a cow and calf pair, and a cow and bull.

Join the Centennial community at the Taft-Nicholson Center, next Wednesday, August 16th at 7:30pm for the return of the Southwest Montana Bear Education Working Group’s bear aware training and bear spray simulation. A presentation will be about an hour long, helping us brush up on bear behavior, biology, and updated bear safety tactics. Following the presentation, you will have a chance to try your hand using inert bear spray on a charging bear simulation. We hope to see you there!

Thank you to the Centennial Valley community for your continued support and for reporting wildlife sightings!