Wolf exposure causes “PTSD” like symptoms in cows

Its hard to get over being chased by a predator that likes the taste of beef, as cows even reacted to German Shepherds when wolf calls were played in this recent OSU study…
http://www.ktvz.com/news/osu-cows-stress-from-wolves-similar-to-ptsd/-/413192/24820900/-/ir6ar6/-/index.html

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Please sign the petition to Save Our Fawns!

We have heard that WDFW has received some negative comment about the coyote derby that we are helping to sponsor. There is a great deal of misunderstanding about the derby, it seems. The derby is a legitimate temporary (60 day) tool to help keep coyote populations under control and limit mortality to the fawn population.
The WA Fish and Wildlife Commission needs to hear from you on this issue, emphasizing the importance of having this tool available.

Please sign and visit our online petition so we can show them this is a needed tool: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/403/121/037/support-fawn-populations/

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2014 “Save Our Fawns” Coyote Derby on now

February 16, 2014

Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association helps sponsor event

The Northeast Washington Wildlife Group is holding their 2014 Coyote Derby in Stevens, Spokane and Pend Oreille counties from Feb. 4 to March 31. The derby is in an effort to help relieve the predation of the deer herds in the Tri-County Area.

Harvested coyotes can be taken into check stations in each county and hunters will be issued a raffle ticket for each coyote presented at the check station. A raffle for prizes will be held at the conclusion of the season. The derby is being offered via a special permit issued by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Hunters must possess a small or big game license in order to hunt coyotes. Coyotes may not be hunted with dogs, per WDFW regulations.

The derby is being sponsored by Clark’s All Sports, the Lake Roosevelt Walleye Club, Stevens County Cattlemen, Pend Oreille County Cattlemen, Arden One Stop and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Big R.
Below are check stations and hours:

*Clark’s All Sports, 557 South Main, Colville, 684-5069, open 7 days a week.
*395 Tractor & Implement, Deer Park, 276-5674, Mon.-Fri. 8am to 5pm,.
*Fruitland Service Fruitland, 5369 Hwy 25, 722-3525, open 7 days a week.
*Pend Oreille Sportsmans, Oldtown Newport, Mon-Sat.
*Valley Fuel, Hwy 231 Valley, 937-2230, open7 days a week.

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Reintroducing a predator can have serious consequences

Reintroducing a predator can have serious consequences for humans, as they become potential prey:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/12/world/asia/tiger-population-grows-in-india-as-does-fear-after-attacks.html?hp

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Another outstanding SCCA banquet!

SCCA had another outstanding banquet this year, with over 300 people in attendance at the Feb. 8 event. The great time and excellent dinner would not have been possible without the hard work of many volunteers and the support of our sponsors including: Super One, Tri-County Motorized Recreation Association, Stockland Livestock, K&M Fuel (Colville), Booth and LaDuke motors, the Flour Mill feed store (Colville), Columbia Cedar, DW Welding, Colville Veterinary Clinic, 49 Degrees North Ski Hill, Big R, A-Automotive, Lewiston Livestock, Sun Rental and Gallos Meats.

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Ferry County Cattlemen President Doug Grumbach and Seventh District Senator Brian Dansel

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Members Keith Ringer, Justin Hedrick and friends.

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Always good to see a full house

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SCCA Treasurer Larry Sweat and son manned the membership renewal table

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Our ladies helping check in folks at the front door

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We had some excellent help from FFA youth in the area getting dinner served and cleaned up.

 

 

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SCCA Annual Banquet coming up this Saturday, Feb. 8

Cattlemen event will be at Colville Community College

The Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association will be holding their annual banquet on Saturday, February 8, at the Colville Community College at 985 S. Elm in Colville. The dinner event will include a prime rib dinner with dessert, a live auction and games. Tickets are $30. Live auction items include firearms, a chainsaw, season passes to 49 Degrees North Ski Hill, jewelry and other items. Proceeds from the dinner go to benefit SCCA and their work as an advocate organization for cow-calf producers. For more information, visit www.stevenscountycattlemen.wordpress.com or email stevenscountycattlemen@gmail.com.

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SCCA sets officers for 2014, adds new board member

The Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association recently held their annual meeting on Dec. 7 in Colville, electing the officers for the organization and adding a new board member.

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SCCA President Scott Nielsen

All of the officers retained their positions for the coming year, including Rice area rancher Scott Nielsen was elected as President for another term; Justin Hedrick of the Diamond M Ranch will again serve as Vice President; Keith Ringer will continue as Secretary and Larry Sweat was re-elected as Treasurer.

Rancher Joe Barker was added to the SCCA board as a new member, rounding out the 9 member board that consists of SCCA members Dave Smith, Kenny Marx, Ted Wishon, Larry Sweat, Keith Ringer, Don Dashiell and Justin Hedrick.

President Nielsen said the group will continue to work on issues that affect the cow-calf producer, including pushing for delisting and better management of the Gray Wolf; advocating for the multi-use policy of the Colville National Forest that includes livestock grazing; and working on regulatory issues. SCCA has also joined the Science First Coalition which calls for the use of “sound science in public policy”, http://www.sciencefirstcoalition.com

“We are fortunate to have a good, solid group of producers who are willing to serve as officers and board members and their time and dedication is really appreciated,” said Nielsen. “We are looking forward to a good year.”

The SCCA annual banquet, which drew over 350 attendees last year, is set for Feb. 8 in Colville. Details will be released in the near future. Information will also be available at http://www.stevenscountycattlemen.wordpress.com and on the group’s Facebook page.

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Stevens County Cattlemen Annual Meeting Dec. 7

Annual meeting to focus on water, regulatory issues

The Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association will be holding their annual meeting on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Stevens County Commissioner’s Hearing Room starting at 12:00pm, noon. Business for the organization will be conducted from 12:00pm-1:00pm including election of officers and the election of a Director. At 1:00pm Travis Fletcher from the U.S. Forest Service will present on Washington State Department of Ecology water regulations and how they may impact USFS grazing allotments; as well as other issues related to allotment management. From 2:00-3:00pm Russ Vaagen from Vaagen Lumber will present on the A-Z Project being conducted on the Colville National Forest.  At 3:00pm Jamie Henneman, a spokesperson for the new Science First Coalition, http://www.sciencefirstcoalition.com, will present on the organization and its goals. Stevens County Cattlemen, along with other cattle organizations, recently joined the Coalition that is committed to promoting sound science in public policy. At 4:00 p.m. Stevens County Commissioner Wes McCart and Seventh District Representative Shelly Short will present on issues related to the Washington Department of Ecology and its work in the area.

The meeting is open to the public and current, paid, voting members who attend are eligible to vote on Board business. For more information, visit http://www.stevenscountycattlemen.wordpress.com.

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American West supports NEWA fair, Fat Stock sale

American West bank donation photo

The local branches of American West Bank helped underwrite the cost of awards for each livestock barn at the Northeast Washington Fair this year, contributing $100 per barn. The bank also donated $200 to help cover the cost of the Fat Stock Sale that is also sponsored by the Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association (SCCA). Here SCCA President Scott Nielsen receives the donation from American West Bank representatives.

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