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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta .Tuesday, April 17, 1973 THE LETHWttDCE HERALD Making believers Three AAi'waukeeans put finishing touches on their Easter bunny, which is enough to have any child dreaming about mountains of colored eggs and choco- late rabbits. Harry J. Zuba Jr. touched up the 14-foot bunny's face while his brother, Phil, and sister, Lucy, odd snow to the symbol of Easter .magic. Special .equipment used Campaign started to save crocodile MORGES, Switzerland (AP) An international group of specialists has announced a campaign to save the rapidly- declining world crocodile popu- lation from extinction in what GM to use metric system DETROIT (AP) General Motors is starting a gradual switch to the metric system, a move expected to hasten the end of the tradiional inches- and-miles system in the United States auto industry, officials say. I GM said all new develop-! ments will be based on the met- ric system, including the Wan- kel engine. It will take years, however, for the switch to be completed, the corporation said Friday. But everything from mechanics' tools to heavy machinery willj eventually be replaced or con- verted. Ford and Chrysler have al- ready started limited use of the metric system. Last year, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to make the met- ric system the country's official measuring system, as it is in most other countries. That bill died in the House of Represen- tatives, but it has been re-in- troduced in Congress. Daily habits of animals monitored NANAIMO, B.C. (CP) British Columbia Fish and Wild- life Branch is using special electronic equipment to moni- tor daily habits of cougar, elk and deer on Vancouver Island. A number of the animals have been tagged with radio transmitters similar to emer- gency equipment carried in aircraft that enables search planes to track their location should a crash occur. Government biologists, a vet- eran cougar hunter and his wife and post graduate students are monitoring the devices. LEAKN HABITS "By learning more about the habits, range and food of these animals we will be able to con- duct better management pro- said Ian Smith, re- gional biologist here. Mr. Smith began the program in the fall by shooting two elk with a tranquilizer gun from a helicopter. Before the end of the year, elk had been tagged in valleys of the Gold, White and Adams rivers. "We are basically interested in finding out much more on the movements of these animals and their range said Mr. Smith. This is essen- tial, he said, because loggers are moving into many areas unhabited by ellc. Cougar experiments are much more exciting, he said, but little is known yet because the track- ers are more difficult to find than the animals. Percy Dewar, a veteran Van- couver Island cougar hunter and his young wife, Penny, a graduate in marine biology at the University of Victoria, have been following an adult female since they shot it with a dart gun at Northwest Bay in Janu- ary. "At one time they got so close to the animal they could hear the cracking of the bones it was said Mr. Smith. "They are the most dedicated trackers we have. They left their home in extension and are living in a camper van and an old garage about 10 miles south of Parksville near the Englishman river." They believe their cougar is about to have kittens which will add even more interest to their studies. "We also want to get infor- mation on their food habits, how many deer they kill and what proportion of their diet consists of said Mr. Smith. Greg Jones of Vancouver, a graduate forestry student at the University of B.C., has been conducting the third project, in the Nimpkish Valley, a study of the winter range of deer since September 1971, and tagged five deer In November. they allege is "uncontrolled Mil- ing" for the hide trade. World Wildlife Fund head- quarters here said today spe- cialists report that 15 of 21 existing crocodilian cluding crocodiles, alligators, and already con- sidered as seriously threat- ened." Several, they report, are "on the verge of extinction." "The main cause of the rapid and dangerous decline of croco- dilians in recent years has been the uncontrolled killing of these affimals for the leather the specialists said. j A conservation program, ap- proved by the specialists at a recent masting at Zululand Game Reserves, provides for specific actions favoring most threatened species and aims at the establishment of a system cf sanctuaries. Worldwide sur- veys are to determine popu- lations and to trace the flow of hides. BACHELOR DIES AT 110 WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA, Eng- land (AP) Army veteran Bill Chapman, who insisted to the last he was Britain's oldest man, died Sunday at the age of 110. Bachelor Bill's body was found in the little flat where he lived alone in this East Coast resort. TO N'5 EATON'S EATON'S Has More For Easter In GIFT WARE Second floor Some of the equipment jDusawed u ctptioail it ran eett. BacUmg text thnalder Beta if ta des you can live with. Ventilation was standard equipment on the engine or every 1927 Chevrolet. It was a Canadian invention that helped engines last a lot longer. The 1973 Chevrolet Impala. Standard equipment includes Positive Crankcase Ventilation, just part of the most advanced emission control system in Chevrolet history. And Impala also giyes you automatic transmission, power steering, power front disc brakes, protective side- guard door beams and an impact absorbing bumper as standard equipment Because we never forget how much you trust Chevrolet. Chevrolet ;