Radium recruits herding dogs

Herding sheep and policing priorities were among the topics of discussion at the regular Radium council meeting on Wednesday, January 28th.

Herding sheep and policing priorities were among the topics of discussion at the regular council meeting in the Village of Radium Hot Springs on Wednesday, January 28th.

There were two delegations. Maria Kazakoff shared the 2014 Columbia Valley Hospice Report, and Columbia Valley Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac presented to council his annual year-end report (see Friday’s Pioneer for the full story on the report) and received feedback.

“(Council) want patrols for Foresters Landing Road, they also want some speed enforcement on the highway in front of Radium, and they certainly want more visibility within the community,” Mr. Shehovac told The Valley Echo.

He said substance abuse and visibility of the RCMP are the top two concerns for all the municipalities in the Columbia Valley.

Herding bighorn sheep

The Columbia Basin Trust approved a grant to aid the migration of the local bighorn sheep herd. In working with a biologist from Parks Canada, herding dogs will be used to entice the sheep to migrate into Kootenay National Park, rather than settling in the urban setting. The practice is supposed to take place before the sheep begin lambing.

“Once that happens, they get too habituated,” mayor Clara Reinhardt said.


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