The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Bobcvat trapped in Williams County 2011.11.30

Written by David Green.

A male bobcat was recently caught in a trap in Williams County, Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. 

Although known to exist in Ohio’s more heavily wooded southern counties, this is the first verified report of a bobcat in northwest Ohio. Until now, all other reports have been unverifiable. 

 According to the ODNR, bobcats were eliminated from the state in 1850 and have been making a recovery lately.  Since 1970 there have been 464 verified sightings, with most occurring since 2000. The Indiana counties of Steuben and DeKalb, which neighbor Williams County, have documented reports of bobcats.  In addition, Michigan has trapping and hunting seasons for bobcats in the northern portions of the state, with lower densities in the southern portions.

The ODNR believes that bobcats are moving in from neighboring states as their populations expand. Ohio’s southern bobcat populations have been genetically linked to neighboring states as well. 

 Trapping is regulated in Ohio by the ODNR-Division of Wildlife and is an important wildlife management tool.  Properly set snares and foothold traps do not cause captured animals to die; rather, the traps merely restrain animals until the trapper arrives. Non-target species, such as bobcats, caught in snares and footholds can be released by knowledgeable personnel. 

 Bobcats are Ohio’s smallest native wild cat.  Male bobcats are usually between 32 and 37 inches long and average 28 pounds. Females are usually smaller, ranging 29 to 34 inches in length with an average weight of 15 pounds.  Regardless of their size, a bobcat’s tail is usually 5 to 6 inches long. 

 Generally, bobcats are secretive in nature, preferring to hunt in the early evening and a few hours at sunrise.  Rather than chasing down their food, bobcats prefer to lie in wait and ambush their prey. Typical foods for bobcats include rabbits and rodents, although their diet may also include insects, fish, birds and even occasionally a deer. 

 Individuals are reminded that the bobcat is listed as a state endangered species and is afforded full protection in Ohio. 

 Anyone who believes they have seen a bobcat is encouraged to contact their county wildlife officer, or call the ODNR, Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE. 

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