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8A Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Indian Valley Record I accepts green cancels The Plumas County Solid Waste Division announced that Friday, May 4, is the opening date of the 2018 Green Waste Receiving Program at the Chester Landfill for the Lake Almanor Basin area of Plumas County. "Woody Green Waste" is defined as woody debris such as dry pine cones, brush, tree trunks, limbs andbranches. "Non-Woody Green Waste" is defined as pine needles, garden waste, leaves, green (not dry) pine cones, weeds and grass clippings. All Green Waste types will be accepted at the Chester Landfill at a reduced rate of $5 per cubic yard on the following days: Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon, Fridays and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The landfill is closed noon to 12:30 p.m. Only green waste will be accepted at the Chester Landfill, All loads are subject to strict load checking bythe facility attendant. Green waste contaminated with other types of waste or construction debris will be rejected by the onsite attendant. Green Waste not accepted at the Chester Landfill includes stumps; rounds greater than 12 inches in diameter; limbs, branches or tree trunks greater than 4 feet in length and 12 inches in diameter; and construction debris All green waste will continue to be accepted at the Chester-Lake Almanor Transfer Station at a non-reduced rate of $17,44 per- cubic yard on Friday through Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed noon to 12:30 p.m.) The next regular meeting of the Solid Waste Task Force is scheduled Monday, May 7, beginning 9 a.m. in the Public Works Conference Room, 1834 E. Main St. The agenda for this meeting and the minutes for the last meeting will be available before the. meeting. The wolf exPert scheduled to speak at the Thursday, May 3, meeting of the Plumas County Fish and Game Commission will not be able to attend as originally planned. Gary Rotta announced the change so that those who planned Baby basket Plumas-Sierra CattleWomen will be honoring a "new baby" born nearest to Mother's Day, May 13, with a "Baby Basket." The mother must be a resident of Plumas or Sierra counties. Ifa mother gives birth near to attend the meeting to listen to the expert would not be disappointed. The commission meets the fn'st Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Hall on Lawrence Street in Quincy. .to be awarded Sunday, May 13, before or after, contact Kathy Knight at 832-0395 or Laurel Colberg at 707-330-3601 as soon as possible after the birth. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers from the Cattlewomen! WOLF, from page 1A the lineage of the wolves from scat, hair and other biological material, so biologists track and monitor the animals as best they can. "That's what I' do," Laudon said. "Obviously it can't be perfect." For example, Laudon said it's "almost impossible" to track dispersing animals that are not equipped with radio collars. "Once we geta collar on an animal or in a pack, the resolution is so much greater," Laudon said. "We know at a certain time there is a percentage of the population that is dispersing, and right now some of those figures in the literature are 10 or 12 percent annually." But Laudon cautioned those are estimates. He said the key dispersal times are the fall and early winter or the spring. Having a collar on an animal in a pack gives biologists a great deal of information. "Once you have a pack, you have a social unit," Laudon said. "In the case of the Lassen Pack, the female is collared -- the breeding female and the breeding male are the best ones to get-- because unless something drastic happens, they're not going to go anywhere. They're not going to disperse as long as they stay alive. If she loses the male, there's a chance she could leave, but lots of times she'll stay-- and who knows what they're thinking-- she may wait for another male to show up from who knows where. It would be an outside male because all the others (in the pack) would be her offspring." Here's a summary of the wolves detected in California, according to the website wildlffe.ca.gov. OR7 Dubbed "Journey" by California school children, OR-07 was born into Oregon's Imnaha pack in 2009, and he was fitted with a radio collar by the KEPPLE, from page 1A other medical endeavors. He and his wife,Tracy, have three adult daughters that they would like to spend more time with, along with both sets of their parents. He would also like to focus on his dermatology patients and perhaps expand his practice into Reno as well as Eastern Plumas. Before becoming the CEO, Kepple had been a family practice doctor for two decades and enjoyed the patient interaction. His more-than-fulltime duties as CEO left only four hours a week that he could dedicate to his patients. Now that can change. In addition to seeing patients, Kepple may also do some medical consulting. In the letter to his staff he wrote, "I have been honored with the opportunity to lead an organization so near and dear to me." He also thanked the board, the hospital management team, and the staff for their support through his tenure. "I believe PDH will remain in good hands with our board and many of the great leaders that we have grown," he wrote. "The certainty of strong leadership surrounding me has contributed to the clarity and timing of my decision." Kepple said that he gave an eight-month notice, to allow ample time for a smooth transition. He thinks that his successor,could come from within Plumas District Hospital, rather than try to bring in someone from the outside. In addition to being on the job through the end of the year, Kepple said he would be available to mentor or help in any way that he could in the future. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in February 2011. In September that year, he left his pack and traveled through eastern Oregon to the southern Cascades, crossing into California on Dec. 28, 2011. OR-7 spent much of 2011 and 2012 in our state -- mostly in the mountains west of Lake Aimanor. Before returning to Oregon in April 2013 (where he found a mate and formed the Rouge Pack), he even visited the Sacramento Valley floor near Redding and Red Bluff. OR-7 and his mate produced pups in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Two of the pups from the 2014 litter have visited California, including CA08M, the breeding male of the Lassen Pack, and CA10F, a wolf that visited Siskiyou County in early 2017, Another Rouge Pack member, OR-54, has spent time in California. Laudon said OR-7 never returned to his natal territory. "OR-7 dispersed," Laudon said. "He went back to Oregon, but he never went back to his pack. His natal pack is northeastern Oregon. He found a female in southwestern Oregon and the pair bonded and bred and started to carve out their own territory. He's been there ever since. It's Called the Rouge Pack." CA10F Tracks believed left by CA10F were discovered in Siskiyou County in January 2017. Born into Oregon's Rogue Pack in 2014 and a littermate of CA08M, her whereabouts remain unknown. OR-54 0R-54, a female and the fourth member of the Rouge Pack to venture into California, crossed into the state and traveled more than 500 miles before returning to Oregon in February 2018. "Sometimes wolves do what we call extra-territorial movements, and that's what 0R-54 did originally," Laudon said. "She came to the state of California, and then she went back to Oregon and started hanging out in her natal territory again." But OR-54, equipped with a radio collar, returned to California April 15, 2018, and her whereabouts currently are being monitored. "In the 28 or 29 days she was away from her natal territory, she covered a minimum of 506 miles," Laudon said. "When I say minimum, she's recorded every three hours, and we just connect the dots, not how she really went." He said there was a Facebook video of her near Chester. Within a week, she was back in Oregon. "Without a collar, you'd be saying, 'I wonder where that Chester wolf is?" Laudon said. "And the answer is, 'Not in Chester.'" In addition, he said she's made several other extra-territorial journeys. OR-44 OR-44, a male woif wearing a GPS collar, crossed into California in March 2018. OR-44 is 2 years old and was born into the Chesnimnus Pack. Officials continue to monitor his whereabouts. Laudonsaid he believes OR44 is also making extra-territorial movements. "We don't know, but we think they [his extra-territorial movements] may be a precursor to dispersement;" Laudon said. The Shasta Pack The Shasta Pack, California's first known contemporary pack, produced five pups in 2015 in eastern Siskiyou County. The breeding pair came from the Imnaha Pack (as did OR-7). A .trail camera first noticed them in August 2014, and they were photographed again in February and May 2015. A yearling male (CA07M) was detected by trail cameras, tracl s and scat in May 2016, and the animal was observed in northwestern Nevada in November 2016. CDFW believes the pack no longer exists, although one lone unidentified wolf was seen roaming in the pack's territory in the summer and fall of 2017. Laudon said biologists "have no clue" what happened to this pack. "A good speculation is that something happened to one or both of the breeding pair. They died." Laudon said. "When that happens, when one or both of the breeding pair dies, you can expect the rest of the pack to-- I call it 'starburst' -- they all just go off in their own direction because the cohesiveness [of the pack] dies. And that may be what happened because one of the offspring was found in Nevada. When that pair bond breaks, it seems to encourage early dispersal." Laudon also said sometimes a newly established pack may shift its home range, but he doesn't think that's what happened to the Shasta Pack. "It's not a pick up and move to a completely different place," Laudon said. "It's a shift using some of their former home range, but they've adopted some new country and left some old country behind." If they formed a second pack, Laudon said, "People would see them. They'd see tracks. We would hear about it." Laudon said while there may be individuals from that pack "floating around," he believes the pack has dispersed, noting the presence of CA07M in Nevada and the black wolf seen near the Lassen Pack, that "could be from the Shasta Pack. [But] there are a lot of black wolves out there, so it could be anybody." What happened to the Shasta Pack remains a mystery. "A wolf may do several big loops out of its pack territory," Laudon said. "They may be gone for a week or two or maybe longer, and one day they just never come back. And, of course, wolves die for all kinds of reasons." The Lassen Pack The Lassen Pack has attracted special attention in Lassen and Plumas counties. It is the second contemporary pack and the only currently known pack that travels a broad area in Western Lassen and Northern Plumas counties. A trail camera first photographed the pack's breeding female, LAS01F, in August 2015, and in February 2016, the tracks of two wolves traveling together were discovered. Through genetic testing, the male (CA08M) was born in the Rouge Pack in 2014. CDFW biologists believe LAS01F dispersed from the Northern Rocky Mountain population, and in 2017, the pair produced four pups, and three are known to have survived through March 2018. LAS01F was fitted with a radio collar in June 2017. A lone black wolf has been seen near the pack, but its origin remains unknown. Laudon said he's not been receiving radio transmissions from LAS01F, and the speculation is she's underground in a den taking care of pups. "We haven't heard anything from her radio collar in a while, and one explanation is she's in a den," Laudon said. "The speculation is right now she's pretty tied to the den, nursing and lactating. She,s probably underground, and the collar she's wearing is having difficulty communicating with the satellites." Laudon said the three yearlings won't be sexually mature until this fall. 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