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'11 A4 SIDNEY HERALD, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019 Sports TRACK Four qualify for state The results of the Glen- dive Quad are in, and fSur qualified for state: 1. Katie Berglund Pole Vault 2. Kaitlyn Keithley 100 meters 3. Wyatt Heringer Pole Vault 4. Jarred Vojacek High Jump "We had some outstand- ing performances for the first meet of the year. I was impressed with the kids compete level and focus," Stacey Collins said. }Lexi Nelson runs in the 16OO event. PHOTO COURTESY OF TONYA SCHOEPP/ meters. She placed 4th in the PHOTOSV COURTESY OF TONYA SCHOEPP/ Maysen Mindt competes in the shot put. PHOTO COURTESY OF TONYA SCHOEPP ABOVE RIGHT: Riley Kostelecky and Tate WJeferich run the 100 meters. Riley won the event, Tate was third. PHOTO COURTESY OF TONYA SCHOEPP RIGHT: Jarred Vojacek clears 6" in the high jump. He won the event. OUTDOORS A grizzly bear den. BY BRUCE AUCHLY FWP Region 4 Information Officer 'Tis spring, the time when a young male's fancy turns to, well, not football. Humans are such an odd lot. Animals - under water, on the ground or in air - simply are driven by the survival of their species. We fret about home loans, school choice or health insur- ance. Wild creatures do not. Of course, those critters don't rush to the hospital when sick, play music when sad or have a barbeque on the Fourth of July. Animal' behavior is largely driven by daylight length. And right now, we are gaining day- light by leaps and bounds, at least a minute a day and often several minutes daily. Life rushes by like a south- bound freight for most animal species: Hu 'ry up and mate, raise young, prepare for next winter. The month of April at our lat- itude can start with tempera- tures more like winter but end with bull elk growing a new set of antlers, rainbow trout depos- iting eggs in the gravel of riv- ers and streams, and reports of grizzlies out of their dens on the Rocky Mountain Front. The mammoth headgear on a mature bull elk can weigh as much as 40 pounds and take a long time to grow, about five months. That means within a week or two of dropping the old antlers in March those two bumps (pedicles) on top of a bull elk's head will start to bulge, then grow into antlers. Wild rainbow trout breed in the spring, often peaking from mid-April to mid-May, in rivers and streams with gravel bot- toms. Those requirements are important for a couple of rea- sons. First, the flowing water COURTESY OF FWP in a river or stream provides oxygen, which keeps the eggs alive. Second, gravel helps pro- tect eggs from predators. And a silt bottom could smother and kill the eggs. When it's time to spawn, based on daylight length and warming water temperature (at least in the mid-40s), a female rainbow will clear a slight de- pression, called a redd, in grav- el with her tail, then deposit 2,000 to 3,000 eggs. As she releases her eggs, a male rainbow will move along- side her and release his milt over the eggs, fertilizing them. And that's it. The pair swim away and let nature take its course. In a month or two the eggs will hatch. Pretty simple, really. It's unclear what causes a bear to emerge from its winter den, especially when the den lies under several feet of snow. Warming temperatures, in- creasing day length, snow melt- ing around a den entrance, and the smells of spring probably all play a role. Eventually bears will move from their high-el- evation dens to lower, warm- er habitats, looking for early green plants. In a lush, wet spring, plants like angelica and cow parsnip dominate nature's menu and life is good. But if the prairie is too dry and there's not much to eat, conflicts between bears and humans may happen. So far this year, it would appear that a dry spring may be the least of our worries. This spring should be a good one for fish, frogs and boat salesmen. In the meantime, enjoy April as it unfolds and soak it all in because all too soon, we will be complaining about the heal of summer. SIDNEY HERALD/ Christen Dean (middle) with dad Mike, mom Melissa and brother Trevoro 2 high school students sign intentto BY NICOLE LUClNA Sidney Herald Seniors Christen Dean, wrestling, and Bridger Larson, bas- ketball, signed intent to play their respective sports after high school. Dean signed with Northwest, while Lar- son signed with Mon- tana Tech. Bridger Larson Larson. (middle) with brother Conner Larson and SIDNEY HERALD/ mom Nicole Our trained specialists will replace or repair your car's windshield quickly, carefully, and affordably. While Supplies Last! Low As Full $279.00 Twin $219.00 Since Umited to stock on hand. Making room for new models due to arrrive soon 406-482-1544 710W.Holly-Sic1.z'zey,]Vff AllMajor CreditmmmCardsAccepted M0n-Frl: 8a?.- 5:30pro. Sat: 8am - 4pm -VISA e J; HAl z)wA -c&e ?NZTURE IllS.Central Sidney, MTJ406-433-1402