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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.
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.
We had a wonderful turnout this year at our 2016 Annual Meeting! In cased you missed it, or you want to be reminded of the conversation, follow the link below to review the minutes from the meeting.
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.
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.
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.
It's that time of year again...our Annual Meeting and Potluck is just around the corner!
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.