Nebraska Game and Parks Investigate a Possible Mountain Lion Attack on Two Horses
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:33
Officers from the Nebraska Game and Parks investigated a possible mountain lion attack on two horses just west of Ainsworth at the Jim Walz residence. The horses were injured around June 30th. Around the same time, Butler Vet Clinic treated a horse for possible mountain lion injuries that were sustained 20 miles north of Valentine. Other reports have come in about a motorist hitting a mountain lion with their vehicle south of the Winner area, and a mountain lion was spotted on a trail camera by Kirk Sharp's residence in Keya Paha County close to the Niobrara River.
The Game and Parks Commission is currently conducting surveys to determine the number and sex of mountain lions. Officers and scat detecting dogs have also been in the area recently for genetic analysis of the pumas.
To report a mountain lion sighting, call your nearest Nebraska Game and Parks Commission office. In Valentine, the number is 402-389-0444. Should you encounter tracks, preserve them as much as possible by covering them with a bucket. If you encounter a possible mountain lion kill, do not disturb the carcass or the area and instead call the Game and Parks office immediately.
Mountain lions are most active around dawn and dusk, but are known to move about during the day. The key to safety is to be aware, not afraid. Wear brightly colored clothes, be alert if crouching or bending down, keep pets on a leash and make noise if walking through the woods. In the rare instance of a mountain lion encounter, back away slowly, and try to make yourself seem as big as possible. Take measures to protect livestock by staying aware, checking fences, securing enclosures, and clearing brush and shrub from the barnyard if possible to establish a limit line.
If you do see a mountain lion in the wild, remember these tips and realize that it is very rare to spot this elusive creature.
Photo by Kirk Sharp, taken on a trail camera around June 23rd, 2014.
(Excerpts of this article from the Ainsworth Star-Journal)
City Wide Garage Sale Saturday July 12
Monday, 07 July 2014 13:15
Valentine's city-wide garage sale will be on Saturday July 12. According to Dana Anderson, there are 26 garage sales posted on the map in this week's Midland Newspaper. There will also be many more sales around town. The city-wide garage sale is a promotion of the Valentine Chamber of Commerce. Also, remember that the Chamber of Commerce's Minnechuduza Days and Turtle Races will be the following weekend July 19th at the City Park. Turtles are available at several participating chamber locations as well as the Valentine Visitors' Center. For more information, call the Visitors' Center at 402-376-2969.