Range News

October 2017 Newsletter

The Centennial Valley Association's October Newsletter is here! It is filled with gorgeous pictures that the community has taken, tons of project updates, some thank you's and farewells, and much, much more! You will find the newsletter, as well as the meeting minutes from CVA's Annual Meeting and Picnic in September, by following the links below.  As always, please share with your friends and family and don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.

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 Range Rider Update

Overall, September was a quiet month in terms of predator activity and conflicts. Riders continued monitoring cattle on a daily basis throughout the Valley. Near the end of the month, they also assisted some ranchers in gathering and trailing cattle out of the Valley.

A single bull moose was seen traveling on east on North Valley Road.

Wildlife Services lethally removed two wolves in the Gravelly Range. The wolves may have traveled through the north end of the Valley.

August 16-31st Range Rider Update

It has been a busy couple of weeks. Riders are continuing to monitor cattle. In addition, riders are working with ranchers and Wildlife Services to manage situations where livestock and predator conflicts are occurring and adjusting schedules to increase human presence in areas with high predator activity.

August 1-August 15th Range Rider Update

Riders continue to ride and monitor cattle beginning at first light each day. Riders have found and monitored several carcasses this season. None have been a result of predation so far. Some of these carcasses have been scavenged on by bears, wolves, coyotes, foxes and other predators. Based on compromised cattle that have been found and doctored as well as carcasses that have been found, the main causes of death in cattle this season are poison (from plants) and disease.

July 16-August 1st Range Rider Update

Riders are spending each day monitoring cattle, primarily looking for sickness or injury, predator sign and carcasses. Riders are reporting these findings directly to ranchers. At this time, none of the carcasses found have been a result of predation but all are being monitored for signs of scavenging.

July 1-15th Range Rider Update

Range riders are continuing to help Wildlife Services in their effort to collar a wolf on the north and south sides of the Valley. Through sharing information on wolf sign and den locations, as well as monitoring trap lines, the riders have invested significant time in contributing to the overall goals of collaring wolves.

June 18-30th Range Rider Update

Riders typically begin their workday around 4:30 am working on foot or horseback, and periodically by ATV, as they continue to track multiple species of wildlife across the Valley. Riders have also been monitoring cattle of participating landowners, especially those herds with either low human presence or considered to be in areas with higher predation risk based on wolf and grizzly bear movements.