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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday; Dec. 30, 2015 3A Delaine Fragnoli Staff Writer dfrag noli@plumasnews.com Before it had even released its draft plan for managing the gray wolf, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was investigating its first possible case of wolves killing livestock. The development was unwelcome news to northern California ranchers. "Local livestock producers are concerned," said Holly George, livestock and natural resource advisor for University of California Cooperative Extension. "The re-establishment of a top predator in cattle country obviously poses a risk to livestock," said Jordan Traverso, a Fish and Wildlife spokesperson. "We're doing what we can to mitigate and address that risk." On Nov. 10, a rancher grazing cattle in Siskiyou County reported seeing five wolves feeding on a calf carcass in a meadow. While examining the site Nov. 11, investigators for Fish and Wildlife and USDA Wildlife Services discovered the carcass of an adult cow Delaine Fragnoli Staff Writer dfragnoli@plumasnews.com A handful of groups will start the 2016-17 fiscal year a little richer thanks to some grant allocations from the Plumas County Board of Supervisors. The board voted Dec. 15 to distribute a total of $327,300 to three groups for five projects. The money comes from forest reserve funds. The Plumas County Sheriffs Office, in conjunction with the Plumas County Office of Emergency Services, will receive $125,000 for its radio tower and vault project, an ongoing effort to build a number of emergency communications sites on Forest Service land. The sites are needed to "fix radio communication lost in remote areas of the county on lands managed by USFS," according to the grant application. "This is really important for public safety," said Supervisor Sherrie Thrall, who sits on the county's emergency communications committee. "It will reduce dependence on outside and often private entities for Plumas County's emergency communications needs," wrote Jerry Sipe, director of emergency services, in the grant application. It will also save money and add "resiliency and redundancy into the county's emergency communications systems." The sheriffs office will also receive $25,000 to reimburse "This incident changes nothing immediately." California Jordan Traverso Spokesperson Department of Fish and Wildlife as well. During the visit, investigators report both hearing and seeing wolves after playing a recording of wolf howls. One wolf approached "within an estimated 100 yards of us," wrote Fish and Wildlife investigator Richard Callas in his report. After the site visit and additional analysis, investigators concluded Wolves probably killed the calf and possibly the cow, although the cow's cause of death could not be definitively determined. Reported wolf depredation incidents may be classified as confirmed, probable, possible/unknown and other. CDFW released the Wolf Depredation Investigation Report on Dec. 18, just 16 days after releasing its Draft Conservation Plan for Gray Wolves. "This wolf pack restores some of our lost natural heritage and affirms nature's resiliency, and we will do our best to balance the interests at stake," Traverso said. Wolves and livestock The draft plan proposes a number of ways of dealing with wolf-livestock interactions. It calls for county wolf advisory groups in Modoc, Siskiyou and Lassen counties. Under the plan, the department would assist livestock producers by encouraging non-lethal practices to prevent, reduce or eliminate conflicts between wolves and livestock. If possible, the department would provide timely information regarding wolf activity in the vicinity of communications, itself for search and rescue expenses. "This includes wages and benefits for those involved sheriffs employees, mileage, fuel, repair or replacement of equipment damaged or destroyed, and training of department personnel," according to the grant application. The Plumas County Fire Safe Council received $58,300 for council coordination and $44,000 for its senior/disabled defensible space program. The first of these programs educates and assists homeowners and communities in wildfire mitigation, and monitors, updates and implements projects identified in the Plumas County Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The council is currently working with Bailey Creek, Genesee Woods, Galeppi Ranch, Plumas Eureka Estates, Mohawk Vista, Grizzly Ranch and Dixie Valley to make these communities fire wise. The second program helps seniors and disabled individuals create and maintain defensible space around their properties. In operation since 2004, the program served 30 to 35 residences per year from 2009 to 2013. In 2014 and 2015, that number increased to 48 properties a year. The Plumas County Office of Emergency Services will also get $75,000 for its wildfire prevention activities. "This project continues wildfire prevention, planning, mitigation and response efforts throughout Plumas County by assisting, creating and updating community wildfire protection plans, fire prevention planning, outreach and education, and ongoing activities," Sipe wrote in the application. The Only Locally Owned and Operated Propane Company in Plumas & Sierra Counties! 65 East Sierra Ave, Portola Very Competively Priced No delivery fees, statement fees, or hidden costs. "We Live Local, We Shop Local, We Support Local" livestock production. The department could develop a state-managed livestock-wolf program, which would provide compensation for depredation or investment for non-lethal practices. This would require statutory authority and funding to implement, the draft plan notes. The department is currently soliciting public input on the draft. Deadline to comment is Feb. 15. The department hopes to finalize the plan as soon as possible after the comment period closes, Traverso said. "The timeline on the final plan really depends on how much valuable input we receive and how much that helps us to fine tune the plan," she said. "It's a top priority for us." In the interim, Fish and Wildlife "will investigate depredation incidents and will continue to foster collaboration around exclusion and other non-lethal strategies, as the plan outlines," Traverso said. "This incident changes nothing immediately." ,ning After the allocations, the board had $20,000 left over. After some discussion about dispensing the remaining funds among the groups, the board decided to hold onto the money. "There's nothing to preclude them from coming back," Thrall noted. Reporter Debra Moore contributed to this report Remote camera images documented wolves in northern California in August 2014. A year later, trail cameras documented two adult wolves and five pups in Siskiyou County. DNA material found near the site confirmed at least three individuals, one adult and two pups. Fish and Wildlife dubbed the group the "Shasta Pack." The department has not disclosed the name of the ranch owner or the address where the livestock carcasses were found. 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