Giving Tuesday for Centennial Valley Association
The hunting season opener was a week and a half ago! Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist, Dean Waltee, ran a check station out of Alder for the 3rd year in a row! They chatted with 473 hunters who spent 656 days hunting on opening weekend. If you are interested in the data they compiled at the check station, please check out the link below!
The Range Rider season is coming to a close! Much of the cattle has been trailed or shipped out of the Valley this last month. However, our Range Rider remains busy monitoring the last of the cattle, as well as assisting gathering cattle with landowners.
Enjoy our Fall Newsletter! Click on the link, October 2015, below to view. We have updates on some big projects in the Centennial, hunting information, pictures, and much more! If you would like a copy emailed or mailed directly to you, please email Kara at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up at the bottom of this page! Happy Fall!
The past few weeks have been pretty slow for the two range riders. Their main focus areas have been on the southeast and northeast sides of the Valley. The grizzly that has been frequenting the Sandhills area has been tracked multiple times and caught on a trail camera.
The Range Riders are still keeping busy this time of the year! They are riding through cattle daily, moving cattle out of willows and thick brush, and gathering and pairing them when possible.
In the past few weeks, cattle have been found dead due to poisoning, drowning, bloat, lightning strikes, and pneumonia. Constant bear activity has been occurring throughout areas with cattle, so riders have been monitoring carcasses for bear and wolf sign as well as moving carcasses when possible. If carcasses cannot be removed from areas with cattle, riders have made a daily presence through herds to prevent depredations.
Wolves have also been tracked frequently on the valley floor. One calf has been confirmed a wolf depredation on the Northside of the Valley.
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.