Wyoming Game & Fish
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST), reported today that
50 different sets of females with cubs were counted in the Yellowstone
area in 2002. "Fifty of these females were in and around the Yellowstone
Grizzly Bear Recovery Zone," said Mark Haroldson of the IGBST.
"This 2002 number is a new record high for the number of females
seen with cubs." At least 102 cubs were observed to be associated
with these 50 females. These 2002 numbers continue to indicate an increasing
Yellowstone grizzly bear population, he said. Through Oct. 9, there
have been 13 known and probable human-caused grizzly bear mortalities
or live removals in the 14,481 square mile area where mortalities are
counted under the mortality limits in the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan.
Live removals are considered as mortalities in terms of their effect
on the overall grizzly bear population. Of these 13 mortalities or live
removals -- six males, six females and one unknown -- six were the result
of management removals after conflicts with human activities. Two bears
were killed in self-defense. One self-defense encounter involved a hunter
at an elk carcass, and the other occurred at a private residence. Three
illegal mortalities were documented, and two bears were killed by vehicles
in Yellowstone National Park. "In addition to these deaths, another
grizzly bear was killed in a management action at the southern extent
of grizzly bear range. This was the first occurrence of a grizzly bear
in this area in 50 to 80 years," Haroldson said. This bear was
killed due to a sheep depredation in the Wyoming Range, 80 miles south
of Yellowstone National Park, and only 66 miles northeast of Bear Lake,
Earlier in the year, IGBST biologists had cautioned
that poor habitat conditions could lead to increased dispersal of bears
and increased risk of conflicts. The whitebark pine cone crop was poor
throughout the Yellowstone area this fall. As a result, grizzly bears
are frequenting mid- and lower- elevation areas in search of alternate
food sources, one of which is carcasses and offal from hunter kills.
Recreationists, hunters, and those who live in bear
country should be aware of this and take the appropriate measures to
avoid encounters with grizzly bears. To date, there have been several
conflicts between grizzly bears and hunters over game carcasses. One
of these conflicts resulted in minor human injuries and a dead bear;
another case resulted in a wounded bear. Hunters should attempt to secure
their game the same day that they harvest it. At the very least, it
is important that they distance the remaining meat from the gut pile.
In many situations involving a close encounter, bear spray can be an
effective alternate to deadly force.
The Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bear managers will
hold their annual fall meeting Nov. 5 - 6, at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman,
Mont. The managers include staff from Grand Teton and Yellowstone national
parks; the Beaverhead-Deerlodge, Bridger-Teton,
Caribou-Targhee, Custer and Gallatin National Forests; the wildlife
agencies of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming; the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service; and the U.S. Geological Survey.
to International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race
2003 International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race, the largest
sled dog race in the lower 48 states, will change from 12 days to
eight announced Race Director Frank Teasley. The 2003 IPSSSDR, scheduled
for January 25 February 1, will include all of the same stage
stop towns as in previous years. However, the course will be changed,
with many out-and-back, 30- to 60-mile days. This is a move
to make the race more efficient for the towns, mushers and race organization,
says Teasley. The towns have been very enthusiastic about the
change because it gives many of them a start and finish line."
In addition to altering the course, Teasley announced
changes in payment of the $100,000 purse. The purse remains
at $100,000. However, $50,000 will be split to 15 overall winners
and, new this year, $50,000 will be split among the eight days for
the day money. This allows teams who may not have a shot at the overall
lead to take home prize money if they have an excellent day,
Now in its eighth year, the 2003 race begins in
Jackson Hole, and travels through Dubois, Lander, Evanston, Mountain
View, Lyman, Kemmerer/Diamondville, Alpine, and Pinedale before finishing
at Teton Village in Jackson Hole. With its unique Stage Stop
racing format, the race stops in a different Wyoming community each
night. Towns host festivities for mushers and spectators ranging from
junior dog sled races for children, dog parades, ice sculpture contests,
banquets, carnivals and fishing derbies.
The IPSSSDR is limited to 30 teams. Previous IPSSSDR
champions include Rick Swenson, Alaska, 1996; Hans Gatt, Austria,
1997, 1998, 2000, 2001; Jeff King, Alaska, 1999; and Melanie Shirilla,
Montana, 2002. Shirilla, the first woman to win the race, will return
in 2003 as the defending champion.
Pedigree Food for Dogs is the title sponsor of
the IPSSSDR. The Pedigree brand actively supports a wide range of
programs that promote responsible pet ownership and highlight the
contributions dogs make to society. Such programs include Homeward
Bound, a national pet adoption support program to encourage adoption
of the nations 12 million homeless animals; the National Association
for Search and Rescue; police canine units; and non-profit organizations
that train and place service dogs for hearing and visually impaired
people. During the 2003 IPSSSDR, Pedigree will host a daily web cast
on its web site, mypetstop.com, that will feature video footage of
the race. Through Homeward Bound, Pedigree will make a donation to
animal shelters for each visitor to the site during the race.
The International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog
Race was founded in 1996 by Frank Teasley to make sled dog racing
more accessible to the public. For more information, visit the race
Website at www.wyomingstagestop.org,
contact the race via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (307) 734-1163, or visit www.pedigree.com.
24, 2003 Jackson Hole, Vet Check
25, 2003 Jackson Hole, Stage One
26, 2003 Dubois, Stage Two
27, 2003 Lander, Stage Three
28, 2003 Evanston/Mtn View/Lyman, Stage Four
29, 2003 Kemmerer, Stage Five
30, 2003 Alpine, Stage Six
31, 2003 Pinedale, Stage Seven
1, 2003 Teton Village, Stage Eight
Service for Don Sherman Sr (10/16/02)
Services for Don Sherman, Sr. will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.
at Hudson's Funeral Home, 164 N. Bridger in Pinedale. Graveside services
will follow at Pinedale Cemetery. For more information call Hudson's
by Jennifer Binning
Fine Arts Council would like to invite everyone to the kick off event
in a series of Endowment Awareness Social Hours.
Due to the escalating costs of bringing quality fine arts presentations
to Sublette County, the Pinedale Fine Arts Council has teamed up with
a Kresge Foundation matching grant program to help begin laying the
framework for an endowment. In this first of many Social Hours, renown
classical guitarist Robert Bluestone will entertain guests as they nibble
on after work hors d'oeuvres and cocktails and learn more about the
need for a fine arts endowment.
The fun begins on Monday, October 21 from 5:00 p.m.
to 7:00 p.m. in the Sublette County Library. On Tuesday, October 22,
the Green River Valley Museum in Big Piney will hold the event between
5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Wyoming Rural Development Council will conduct 2003 community assessments
in Pinedale May 6 to May 8. Community assessments average one to three
days and consist of public town-hall forums within a community for separate
interest groups such as middle and high school students, senior citizens,
educators, business owners, parents, government officials, health professionals
and law enforcement. A team leader and resource team of approximately
six people is assigned to each community to help facilitate the meetings.
After all meetings are concluded, the resource team develops a report
for the community detailing key issues, recommendations and lists of
resources. This report gives the community a road map to implement strategies
for improvement or growth. "Community assessments help a community
take a mirror look at itself. Assessments are holistic - in an assessment
we look at a community environmentally, socially and economically,"
said Mary Randolph, executive director for the Wyoming Rural Development
Council. "Community assessments are the first step for a community
doing strategic planning to help that community design its own future."
Individuals in the state who have an interest in helping
Wyoming communities and have professional expertise that can benefit
a community looking at improvements and development can be a resource
team member. An expertise or access to resources in housing, economic
development, marketing, health, education, land use planning and tourism
are examples of relevant experience needed for community assessments.
Thirty-one community assessments have been conducted
throughout Wyoming. The next resource team training will be held Thursday,
Nov. 21 in Cheyenne from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The location will be
announced later. Individuals interested in becoming a resource team
member should contact Mary Randolph at (307) 777-6430. For more information
on community assessments visit www.wyomingrural.org.
Business Council Energy Division offers 2 Scholarships to Science Fair
educational scholarships, totaling $2,000, are available through the
Energy Division of the Wyoming Business Council. The scholarships, available
in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy, will be awarded to
students whose science fair projects have advanced to the state science
fair. Projects focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency or innovative
and cost effective energy development or production will be eligible.
"This is part of our continuing effort to promote
energy conservation among Wyoming high school students," said John
Nunley, manager of the State Energy Program. "The scholarships
can be used to defray tuition, books and other academic expenses at
the institution of the winners' choice."
The project judged to be best by the energy office
or the Wyoming Science Fair Foundation will receive a $1,250 scholarship
and the second-place project will be awarded $750. Funds will be held
for distribution if a student doesn't attend college immediately after
winning the award. Students who do not attend college or an advanced
school such as a trade school will forfeit funds awarded under this
For more information contact Nunley at (307) 777-2804
or Dale Hoffman at (307) 777-2805.
Story Hour at the Library (10/4/02)
Pinedale Branch of the Sublette County Library is hosting a Preschool
Story Hour every Thursday at 10 am. Each week offers something new for
October 3: Fall Books/Leaf Craft
October 10: Celebrate Columbus Day
October 17: Guest Story Reader
October 24: Guest Story Reader
October 31: Little Kid's Party
More information about the Library, services, and hours are available
by calling 367-4114 or visiting them on the web at: www.pinedaleonline.com/library.
Preservation Workshop (10/4/02)
The Sonoran Institute will present a 2-day educational workshop on Ranchland
Preservation on October 30th and 31st. Day 1 takes place upstairs at
Lakeside Lodge on Fremont Lake, and is tentatively scheduled for 3 -
9 p.m. The topic for this day will address the question, "What
is the Status of Ranching in Sublette County?" Issues, values and
problems will be discussed. Day 2 takes place at the Pinedale Library
and is tentatively scheduled for 4- 9 p.m. Discussions on this day will
address the different ranchland preservation tools that could be appropriate
for Sublette County and how they might be implemented.
Trick or Treating (10/4/02)
11th Annual Halloween Safe Trick
or Treat Night
Sublette Center in Pinedale will once again be sponsoring its annual
Safe Trick or Treat night on Halloween. The fun begins at 5:30 pm until
7:30 pm on Thursday, October 31st. Participants are asked to enter at
Bridger Avenue and follow the signs through the Center. Residents and
volunteers will be handing out candy in the sitting room, the grand
dining room, and in the Heritage Room, and typically give out approximately
$1,000 worth of candy to children who attend on Halloween night. The
Center is asking for donations of candy, cash or toys for the event.
Please call 307-367-4161 for more information or stop by at 333 Bridger
Avenue. More information about the Sublette Center can be found at their
web site at: www.sublettecenter.com.
Service for Sue Warren
Services for Sue Warren will be held at the St. Andrew's in the Pines
Episcopal Church in Pinedale on Saturday, October 12th. Judy Martin
will officiate. Service will be at 11 am.
Nile Virus and Wild Game in Wyoming
Wyoming Game & Fish
Although West Nile virus frequently infects horses, there is no evidence
deer, elk, antelope, bighorn sheep and moose are susceptible to the
disease, so hunters should not worry about contracting the disease from
eating their venison, reports the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory.
But, Todd Cornish, the Laboratorys veterinary pathologist, says
that although the chance of contracting the virus from eating game birds
is remote, hunters are advised to take some precautions. As we
have always advised hunters not to shoot sick big game, the invasion
of West Nile virus makes that a good policy for game birds, too,
he said. As another precaution, Cornish recommends bird hunters refrain
from eating the heart, liver, gizzard and any other internal organ.
The organs can harbor high concentrations of the virus. He says research
with domestic poultry shows the virus runs its course and quickly clears
the bloodstream of chickens. Although it is probable the situation is
similar for wild fowl, he cannot guarantee that until more research
is conducted. The final step of thorough cooking makes the chance
of contracting the virus from eating game birds very remote, Cornish
said, while also re-emphasizing the long-standing suggestion of wearing
rubber gloves when cleaning all game.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports there
is no evidence that West Nile virus can be contracted by handling a
live or dead diseased bird. Likewise, hunters shouldnt be worried
about their dogs getting infected by retrieving a diseased bird. Dogs,
like horses, can become infected when bitten by infected mosquitoes,
but rarely display symptoms. If the uncommon symptoms of unusual head
bobbing and lethargy appear, a veterinarian should be consulted. Theres
certainly more chance of contracting West Nile virus from a mosquito
bite than from a bird, but we cant conclusively say there is no
chance until more research is done, Cornish said.
Nile was first detected in North America in New York City n 1999 and
has since spread as far west as the Rocky Mountains. The vast majority
of humans contracting the disease do not get sick. Some individuals
exhibit flu-like symptoms and in rare cases older persons can have serious
encephalitis or meningitis symptoms. Cattle respond to infection by
producing antibodies but do not display symptoms. The growing demands
of monitoring and researching wildlife diseases, such as West Nile virus,
is one of the expanding financial and workforce challenges facing the
Game and Fish Department.
Pine Ski Area gears up for the 2002-2003 Season
Pine Ski Area is getting ready for the upcoming season, which is targeted
for Thanksgiving, weather permitting. The Ski Shop at the lodge is
now open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am until 6 pm. New items at
the Ski Shop are Rossignol, K2, NeverSummer, Drake, Swag Yakima, Scott,
Dragon, Northwave and Protec. Season Passes are now available at the
Ski Shop as well. Pre-season rates are $250 for adults and $200 for
youths 12 and under. Pre-season rates are effective October 4th-November
20th, 2002. After those dates, the regular season rates for Season
Passes is $360 for adults and $285 for youths 12 and under. White
Pine also offers an equipment lease program starting Friday, October
4th for ages 14 and under.
White Pine Ski Area is located approximately 10
miles east of Pinedale, on the Skyline Drive Road in the Bridger-Teton
National Forest. The White Pine Snow Report recorded message can be
found by dialing 307-367-6606. More information is available at their
web site, www.whitepineski.com.
County Visitor Web Site
Sublette County Joint Tourism Promotion Board now has their visitor
web site online to the public. The Tourism Board is funded through
money generated from a 3% county-wide lodging tax.
Revenues are distributed to groups and organizations in the county
to help pay for advertising and promotion that brings outside visitors
into Sublette County. The web site, which will be growing each month
as new information pages are added, is being done by Wind River Web
Services in Pinedale, which also does this Pinedale Online web site.
Information is available about area attractions, outdoor recreation,
events, local communities, heritage and more. Included is trip planning
information and a feedback form for more information. Visitors requesting
more information about Sublette County can call the Sublette County
Visitor's Center, which is operating from the Pinedale Area Chamber
of Commerce hut, at 1-888-285-7282, or e-mail: email@example.com.
The web site can be found at: www.VisitSubletteCounty.com.
kind of jobs are available in the Pinedale area right now?
local restaurants are looking for wait person help, dishwashers,
and part-time cooks. See Sweetwater's Soda Shoppe or McGregor's
Pub if you are interested.
is taking applications for year-round full time sewing macine operators
and prep workers, no experience necessary. Call them at 307-367-2206
or pick up an application at 269 S. Cole.
White Pine Ski Area is
gearing up for the 2002-2003 winter season and is looking for full
and part-time help wiht the lift crew, food service, ticket office
and ski & snowboard instructors. Call the ski area at 207-367-6606
ext 6 to request an application.
GM Construction is looking for carpenters to work in the Big Piney
area. Pay is $15-$25/hour, depending on experience, and housing
is available. Call them at 307-859-8229.
Pinedale Roundup newspaper is looking for a full-time general assignment
writer/photographer. Send resume with references to the Pinedale
Roundup at PO Box 100, Pinedale 82941 or call Rob at 307-367-2123.
Exploration & Production is looking for a Senior Utility Worker/Field
Operator in the Pinedale Field. Must have 1-2 years experience in
operation and maintenance of oil and natural gas wells, various
types of production equipment, compressors, and pumps. Must operator
four wheel drive equipment, possess valid driver's license, pass
drug screening and subject to DOT requirements. Resume and salary
requirements can be sent to Frances Bosch, Questar Exploration &
Production, PO Box 45601, Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0601 or fax to
best way to get more information about local jobs is in the classifieds
of our two local newspapers, the Pinedale
Roundup and the Sublette
Examiner, which are printed weekly on Thursdays. The nearest
Job Placement Services office is in Rock Springs, Wyoming, but many
of the local jobs are not advertised with this agency. The Pinedale
Area Chamber of Commerce/Sublette County Visitor's Center can
provide information about the area, local businesses, and real estate.