Street Work to Begin the Week of the 14th
Monday, 14 July 2014 08:49
Armor coating of Valentine streets will begin the week of July 14, 2014. The following streets will be armor coated, weather-permitting; please remove any and all vehicles off the street until work is completed.
WESTERN STREET from Donaher to Second
SECOND STREET from Western to Cherry
EDNA STREET from First to Fourth
VICTORIA STREET from Second to Third
WOOD STREET from Second to Third
TENTH STREET from Green to Dowden
LITTLE WOOD STREET from Fifth to Sixth.
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)