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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.
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.