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Gib Mathers

May 29, 2014 7:45 am

Off to see the horses

McCullough Peaks mustangs lure people for spring tours

Some people enjoy horsing around, especially when it entails McCullough Peaks wild horses.

As part of the Spring into Yellowstone events in Cody earlier this month, FOAL — or Friends Of A Legacy, the McCullough Peaks wild horse advocacy group — gave two sold-out tours.

Yellowstone National Park personnel held a “trout talk” last month, and some local anglers were hooked by the idea.

Park staffers spoke to 15 people in Cody on April 30. They have traveled around the region recently holding public talks describing what they are doing to protect native trout, said David Hallac, Yellowstone Center for Resources chief.

The Johnny Cash tune, “I’ve Been Everywhere,” certainly describes Leo Dever, 59, and his gallivanting canine, Sassy Max, to a T.

“Leo and Max Across America” is Dever’s campaign to raise funds for homeless animals and he has quite a following on Facebook. They paused for a bit in Powell Tuesday.

What made 19th century mountain men tick?

Find out at the Friends of a Powell Library-hosted free lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday. Refreshments will be served.

“I’ll put on my mountain man outfit and I’ll bring my Hawken,” said Shawn Williams, a Park Service ranger and mountain man authority.

The national park in Powell’s backyard is gearing up for the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016 by asking for community volunteers.

“The success of this will depend on all of us doing our part,” said Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service in a film aired at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area’s Lovell Visitor Center on April 21.

Nearly half the wild horses that were headed for slaughter following a roundup in March were rescued from the slaughterhouse.

On March 18-19, under Bureau of Land Management supervision, 41 horses were rounded up using a helicopter near Sheep Mountain north of Greybull. The animals were turned over to the Wyoming Livestock Board.

Anglers might get fired up about the trout stocked in Horseshoe and Deaver reservoirs on Wednesday.

Horseshoe Reservoir, also known as Pond 5, in the Yellowtail Wildlife Management Area north of Lovell received 240 Firehole rainbow trout.

A water pipeline project north of Powell has been in hot water recently, but the man in charge says things have cooled down.

Park County last week threatened to shut down the potable pipeline project unless the contractor adopted safety measures as mandated by the county.

President Barack Obama requested $2.6 billion for the National Park Service’s budget for fiscal year 2015, but it appears unlikely Congress will completely support the president’s proposed figure.

A wild horse advocacy group is upset following the roundup of 41 horses in the area, but the federal and state agencies involved say their actions were legal.

The equines’ apparent imminent destruction — if it hasn’t already happened — at a slaughterhouse in Canada has further caused the horse advocates great discomfort.