This just in....
Been a couple years by my memory since we've seen cows on Horse Ridge. Just a heads up...might consider your speed out there this spring, not sure you wanna meet up with a bovine at full speed.
Great info from the grazing allotment owner, especially on how to get around these guys should you find them near the trail....respect all your fellow trail users!
On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 8:14 PM, Muleman <aeboss(at)bendbroadband.com> wrote:
Recently an article appeared in the Bulletin about the biking opportunities in the Horse Ridge area, particularly in the late winter/spring period. Although not well known, this area is part of the Horse Ridge/Millican Valley grazing allotements and the area featured in the Bulletin article will be grazed by about 500 cows beginning March 20th. The cattle will be held briefly in the gravel pit area just to the west of Horse Ridge trailhead off old Hwy 20, then released on the 20th or 21st to the adjacent grassy flats and lower slopes of Horse Ridge. No doubt trail users will encounter livestock on or adjacent to most of the bike trails within the recreation area. This presents no problem to the enjoyment of bikers as long as a few precautions are taken:
When livestock are encountered on the trail ahead bikers should dismount and slowly walk their bikes toward the animals until they move aside or move off to adjacent slopes. These cattle are not aggresive and should readily yield to humans. If biking in a group, the entire group should move together until past the cows.
Gates are vital to containing the livestock and bikers should be diligent in keeping all gates closed while cattle are in the grazing area. Cattle that escape from the fenced area frequently die of thirst since the only water is inside the fence.
I will be placing information signs at the trailheads and other access points in the next week or so to alert bikers now using the area.
I would be happy to provide more information to your group about this situation and grazing in general on the BLM and the National Forests. I can be reached at 54one 38eight 9936 or (cell#) 54one 63three 5731.
Al Boss, Range Manager for Bar DR Ranches, Hampton, Or, Stephen Roth, owner
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