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.
Cattle have moved onto the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge grazing units! Range riders are moving around in those herds as well as the herds on the northside of the valley. To date, 3-5 wolf packs, 8-9 adult grizzly bears, one black bear, and a cougar have been accounted for across the valley. Some wolves near the Dell area have been in contact with cattle and some folks suspect some losses are due to the pack; however, there have been no confirmed depredations by Wildlife Services.
The last week of June, CVA and The Nature Conservancy conducted its first Weed Week in the Centennial. With the help of Beaverhead County, Bureau of Land Management, the Refuge, and landowners, we chemically and mechanically treated the whole valley, as well as identified new patches.
The cows are coming! The cows are coming! Now that June has come and gone, the cattle have been making their way into the valley weekly. The riders, Hilary, Marcie, and our new intern, Melissa, are now riding through herds of cattle, as well as scouting for wildlife activity.
Hey Everyone! Check out this awesome article from the Natural Resources Defense Council! It features CVA's own Hilary and the J-L Ranch! Great read.
The past two weeks the range riders have been concluding the wildlife tracking portion of range riding. Cattle are now starting to come back into the valley, so the riders will begin riding through and “herding up” cattle once in the morning and evening. This helps allow the cattle to be and act like a herd of bison, keeping calves close and standing off to predators in an event of an encounter with a predator.
Weed season has quickly come upon us! Here are some important dates coming up where we could use some help! Spray Days offer free chemical from the County and participation is key to the success of ridding weeds from our Valley! For a map of Public weed locations, email firstname.lastname@example.org!
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