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.
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!
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-753-0611.