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www.LovellChronicle.com March 10, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle I 3 Are you my mother? BRAD DEVEREAUX After being reported to the Chronicle by a truck driver, a baby moose was spotted all alone on the ice of the banks of the Big Horn River near the causeway outside of Lovell. Predator control increase in num BY KARLA POMEROY The Big Horn County Wildlife Enhancement Proj- ect continues to receive pos- itive comments from ranch- ers and farmers. The Big Horn County Predator Management Dis- trict Board and Jim Peh- ringer, Northwest Wyoming District supervisor for the Wildlife Services, met with the Big Horn County Com- missioners recently. Peh- ringer presented a written report to the commissioners on the 2010 project. In the report, Pehring- er wrote, "The purpose of the project is to improve the pheasant populations and to reduce damage for agri- the first year the project was initiated they have raised a quality crop of sweet corn without extensive damage and have observed a notice- able decrease in the amount of damage and consequent maintenance to irrigation systems." There are two project areas -- on the Greybull and Shoshone rivers near Otto and Byron. The report states that the most damage was caused by raccoons. In the first year of the project, 2007, raccoons removed were 61 percent juvenile. In 2009, there were 81 percent adults and just 19 percent juveniles. cultural producers and res: Pehringer reported that ents of Big Horn County. "Due to the urban nature of Byremoving St pe i skunks, this area, trapping efforts raccoons, feral c a ts, red fox- were limited to areas where es and coyotes, our goal is to enhance the wildlife re- sources, to reduce the dam- age caused by predators for farmers, livestock producers and residents." Along with removing predators and reducing damage, the project also al- lows the Wildlife Services to collect samples and test for a variety of diseases. In his report, Pehring- er wrote that there have "been numerous reports from farmers and sportsmen about the positive impacts the project has had with re- ducing crop damage and im- proving pheasant produc- tion in both areas. Many farmers in the project areas have commented that since landowners requested pred- ator removal. Specialists targeted areas providing pheasant nesting habitat and where chronic irriga- tion and crop damage oc- curred." To monitor the success of the project, the board and Wildlife Services worked with the Wyoming Game and Fish Dept. to conduct pheasant and crow count surveys. "Both project areas show very high densities of pheasants due to project activities. We have noticed increased hunting pressure due to more availability and access for sportsmen and yet we continue to prove higher numbers of pheas- ants than in non-project ar- eas with similar habitat," Pehringer wrote. As for the overall preda- tor animal control program in the county, Pehringer said they covered 1.6 mil- lion acres addressing live- stock issues and the wildlife project areas. "As a whole, livestock losses dropped (in the past year)," he told the commis- sioners. He said they have seen a decrease in the number of coyotes, but there is an in- crease in the number of ca- gles, which has meant few- er rabbits. "The board has been good at reaching the public and who needs the service, so the calls have increased. We've responded to every- thing from woodpeckers on cedar siding to wolves kill- ing sheep," Pehringer said. He said they have tried to address the problem of crows in feedlots and have received an increased num- ber of reports of blackbirds damaging sunflower crops. He said there is an increas- ing market for sunflowers so this will be an ongoing issue. Board member George McGregor of Emblem ended the presentation by thank- ing the commission for its past support. "We're a broad-based program looking out for the health and welfare of citi- zens. We're fortunate to be aligned with Wildlife Ser- vices," McGregor said. BY KARLA POMEROY Big Horn County's new 4-H educator is a familiar Cooperative Extension ed- ucator. University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension As- sociate Director Duane Williams said in an inter- view last Wednesday that Gretchen Gasvoda-Kel- so, who has been serving Big Horn County as the Cent$ible Nutrition educa- tor, has been hired as the new educator, replacing Jenny Good, who resigned last fall. Kelso's first of- ficial day as 4-H educator will be March 14. "We had a good pool of candidates and strong par- ticipation from local people involved in the interview process," Williams said. "We're thrilled about hav- ing Gretchen as the 4-H educator." Williams said Cent$ible Nutrition Program Direc- tor Mary Kay Wardlaw oversees the Cent$ible Nutrition program, which is funded through federal grants. He said he did not know if a decision has been made on replacing Kelso in that position. "A lot of things are up in the air right now with federally-funded pro- grams," Williams said. Wardlaw was out of the office and could not be reached for comment about the position. Williams also provided an update on the ag educa- tor position in Washakie County that has been va- cant since Jim Gill's retire- ment last summer. The educator position will be a Cooperative Ex- tension educator with par- tial funding provided by the Natural Resource Con- servation Service, who will have access to the educa- tor. Applications for the po- sition were being accepted through Monday, Feb. 28, Williams said. According to the po- sition announcement through the University of Wyoming, "emphasis for this position is crop sys- tems on private and pub- lic lands with emphasis on crops, crop/livestock systems, horticulture and small acreage management education. Rocky Mountain students played a game recently to celebrate Ag week. Students had to answer questions to get every ingredient, including the bowl and spoon. Above: Mary Schwope is pictured at the banana station at Rocky Mountain High School. Left: Terry Stingley showed his fellow classmates how to hold and eat a couple scoops of ice cream after failing the question toearn a normal bowl for his frozen treat. ERIN HENSON PHOTOS Would you like to be a part of the Lovell Mustang Days? Volunteers are needed for all the events. Need someone to chair the Kiddie Parade and Rose Parade. If you are interested call Linda Mangus at 548-2031. Lunch Buffet $699 Tues. - Fri. 11 am - 2:30 pm Sat. & Sun. 11 am - 4 pm Dinner Buffet $9s Tues. - Fri. 4:30 - 9 pm Sat & Sun. 4 - 9 pm 151 E. Coulter, Powell, 754-7924 11 am - 9 pm Carry-Out Available Invitation to all members of Sat., March 12, 2011 Greybull High School Gym Company Reports will be presented. Registration - 9:45 a.m. Meeting - 11:00 a.m. Lunch- 12:00 p.m. Your Touchstone Energy* Cooperative ii ...... ii iili ALso, there witt be great prizes and a GRAND PRIZE DRAWING for $250 credit on etectric bitt 5490,000 in Capital Credits will be Refunded