By Tim Leeds
Look for some moving obstacles on the Beaver Creek Highway next week.
The Hill County Commissioners said they want to remind people that cattle will be back in the park Tuesday, the day after Labor Day.
Commissioner Pat Conway said extra care should be used during the first couple of weeks the cattle are in the park. He said the cows and calves will be mothering up, and all the cattle will be getting used to their new location during that time. With the lack of grass because of the drought, the cattle might be close to the highway more than usual, he added.
Ranchers pay a grazing fee to use the park. The grazing committee of the Beaver Creek Park Board will monitor the conditions in the park on a day-to-day basis to decide when to end grazing.
Commissioner Doug Kaercher estimated the grazing season in the park would last a maximum of two months, stopping in the beginning of November.
The season normally starts the day after Labor Day with all cattle required to be out of the park by the first of January at the latest. Kaercher said the grazing committee has been monitoring the conditions of the park because of the drought, and decided to allow a shortened season.