Week 2 History Contest Winner: Sandy Kawa, Pinedale
Just One Lone Moose
A lone cow moose was seen on Tuesday, May 23, 1916, as reported in the Thursday, May 25, 1916 edition of the Pinedale Roundup newspaper.
Prize - 3 Schwan's Pizzas
Winner of the Week 2 History question is Sandy Kawa, of Pinedale, with her correct guess: May 25, 1916.
Schwan’s Sublette County History Contest Week 2 Winner, and announcing the question for Week 3
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
March 2, 2016
We are pleased to announce Sandy Kawa of Pinedale as the winner of last week’s Schwan’s Sublette County History Contest.
The Week 2 History Question was: "When was the first reported sighting of a moose in Pinedale?"
Sandy guessed May 25, 1916. The answer is "A lone cow moose was seen on Tuesday, May 23, 1916, as reported in the Thursday, May 25, 1916 edition of the Pinedale Roundup newspaper." Congratulations Sandy! She won 3 Schwan’s pizzas.
An article in the Mary 25, 1916 Pinedale Roundup reads:
Just One Lone Moose
"Pinedale citizens were somewhat surprised Tuesday at lunch hour to see a fine young cow moose come trotting down the road east of town very much unconcerned and leap over the fence into the J. F. Patterson field and make her way across the pasture toward Pine creek. J. C. Reynolds who happened to be coming into town in his Buick at the time was able to get a very good view of the animal which appeared to be about a two year old and at one time was within 40 feet of her. Many about town secured their first view of a moose."
Historical research indicates that moose were relatively recent newcomers to the Upper Green River Valley, coming down from the north within the last 150 years. They are solitary animals and population numbers were not large in the early years of the settlement of the Wyoming territory. Hunting pressure, which was impacting all of the big game animal species by the late 1800s, reduced the number of moose even more. In the late 1800s and early 1900s big game wildlife population herd numbers had become so seriously diminished across the country that states began to pass laws to regulate hunting seasons. Wyoming didn't officially become a state until 1890, but even before then lawmakers and biologists realized the need to manage hunting of big game wildlife herds. People began to call for fishing regulations as well in the early 1900s.
It took years and sometimes decades to get the big game herd numbers back to the point where some species were commonly seen. Moose were still somewhat of a rarity in the Upper Green River Valley into the 1930s and 40s. Pronghorn antelope were nearly entirely unseen from the Upper Green River Valley for a 50 year period between early 1900 to the 1950s. The fact that we see moose and other big game wildlife commonly in Pinedale and around the Upper Green River Valley today, without realizing they haven't always been "everywhere forever", is a testament to the sound wildlife management practices of wildlife officials who do their best to set sustainable hunting harvest levels and do ongoing research to balance wildlife population levels with available habitat.
Here’s the history question for Week 3: "What was the name of the first sternwheeler passenger boat on the Green River with service to Big Piney?"
The Schwan’s Prize for this week is: Pork Tenderloin Filet Wrapped with Applewood Smoked Bacon
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Guesses for this week’s history can be entered by emailing your answer to: firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. If you don't do email, you can call Pinedale area Schwan’s delivery driver Jean-Francois at 307-360-FOOD (3663) and give your answer and contact info. Include your name, email address, mailing address, and a contact phone number in your submission so we can notify you if you are the winner. (Please be sure to let us know what town you live in/near in Sublette County.)
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