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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 1, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, February 1, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 Help for farmers and pheasants Supplied by Alberta Fish and Wildlife 24th of 45 This series of articles on the pheasant situation in Southern Alberta was originally arrang- ed so the last few articles would outline what could be done to help solve the problem. However, concern has been expressed about those articles published most recently which outlined the various factors causing serious pheasant habitat losses in Alberta. Some land managers, including farmers, apparently feel that these articles place the blame entirely on them for the recent pheasant decline. This matter requires clarification at this time as the most important friend that pheasants and other forms of wildlife can have on private lands is the Alberta farmer. From previous articles, it should be clear that strange paradox exists regarding wildlife on private lands in Alberta. All wildlife on private lands, with a few ex- ceptions, is owned by the Crown on behalf of the public at large. However, all wildlife on private land is directly depen- dant upon the quality and abundance of "Habitat" on these lands. But the habitat belongs to the private land- owner and generally speaking, he can do whatever he pleases with it. If he so chooses, he can effectively get rid of the wildlife on his land by getting rid of the habitat. And, even though the govern- ment owns the wildlife, there is little it can do directly to prevent its destruction through habitat removal on private lands. While all landowners have the power to do so, few deliberately destroy wildlife habitat on their land in order to get rid of wildlife. Famers and ranchers enjoy wildlife as much as anyone and in many instances cause difficult and costly sacrifices in order to (4972} e LAVERNE ATCHISON Laverne Atchison has joined the Action Agency learn and we want you to call her with your real estate problems. Laverne grew up in the Warner area and has lived in Lethbridge for T years and has nearly two years of excellent real estate experience. She is an active member of the executive of the Lethbridge District Ski Club her 3 sons and her daughter are avid participants. Don't snowplow through your realty Laverne and swoosh to 329-3331. maintain wildlife on their land. But farmers and ranchers are striving to make a livelihood from their enterprise just as others work to "make a The rapid- ly rising cost of living affects as much as anybody and, in order to maintain their standard of living, they have two basic options. They can either increase their crop production or increase the price received for their crop. These days, with inflation running rampant, they are forced to do both in order to survive. Each farmer or rancher owns a fixed amount of land and as Mark Twain once said "They're not mak- ing any more land! The ob- vious way to increase- crop production off a fixed amount of land is to convert un- developed land into crop or pastureland. Wildlife habitat in most instances, is situated on undeveloped land and, as these areas diminish, so does the habitat and so does the wildlife. As this trend con- tinues, gradually most of the habitat is removed' to be replaced by cropland. Who is to blame for this trend? Is it the farmer's fault that, in order to earn a living, he is forced to put more land into crop production? Clearly it is our society as a whole with its constant striv- ing for a better standard of living that is really to blame. Coupled with this factor is our society's failure to view wildlife- habitat on private land as a crop. Traditionally, to this point in Alberta history, farmers have been expected to grow and maintain wildlife habitat on their property at their own expense. In addition, the public has regarded the oppor- tunity to harvest a portion of the wildlife produced in this habitat as an "Inalienable right." This has placed the landowner in the posi- tion of growing the habi- tat crop which yields the wildlife at his own expense only to have the wildlife harvested by others without compensation to himself. Is this arrangement realistic in Alberta today? Ob- viously not when one con- siders the rate at which phea- sant habitat on private lands is declining in southern Alber- ta. Something needs to be done to improve the situation. Next week: How can farmers be encouraged to grow habitat and wildlife? Policemen dislike TV image POMONA, N.J. (AP) Most policemen feel they are getting a bum rap from televi- sion police shows because the shows make them look too good, says a study by 'Prof. Alan Arcuri of Stockton State College. He surveyed the attitudes of more than 800 local and state policemen from 26 departments in New Jersey. Almost 64 per cent of the police said the shows "lead the public to expect too much from police." Drilling outfits leaving' Canada CALGARY About 30 per cent of Canada's oil ex- ploration capacity will be in the United Stales within five months unless federal and provincial taxes against the petroleum industry are reduced, John Porter, general manager of the Canadian Association of Oil Well Drill- ing Contractors, said Friday. He said 47 drilling rigs have left Western Canada in the last year and 40 to 50 are ex- pected to leave within four months. "The demand is so high in the United States, they're try- ing to buy out Canadian drill- ing he said in an interview. "With one-third of our capacity gone within four or five months, you have to ask what it means for future supplies of gas and oil in Canada." Scotty Cameron, president of the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada, said the increased flow of workers to the United -States follows results from major new ex- ploration drives south of the border and decreased explora- tion in this country. He also said the United States is deliberately dis- couraging American invest- ment in Canadian oil and ex- ploration. 1975 cJaBnaxda games Fencing Figure Skating Table Tennis Wrestling Boxing Badminton Curling Judo Exciting, top calibre competition in 16 different sports events by Canada's best young athletes, the culmination of a lull year's training and preparation.These young competitors are disciplined athletes that can make your favorite sport more exciting than ever betore. Basketball Skiini Weight-lifting Volleyball Gymnastics Synchronized Swimming Speed Skating Hockey The most important aim of the Canada Games is to stimulate enthusiasm tor amateur sports throughout Canada and to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship among athleles from different areas of the country. It's a worthwhile goal, but one which depends on the supporl of all Canadians to succeed. Give young Canada YOUR support. Lethbridge and Southern Alberta have the facilities, the qualified people, the experience and the united enthusiasm to make this year's the greatest Canada Winter Games ever. There will also be a special "Western Hospitality" event in each center tor visitors and competitors alike, a special "welcome" from Alberta. Do ill Attend the Canada Winter Games. February 11 to 22, in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta. And join Travel Alberta In supporting our greatest national resource the slrenglh ol our youlh. For Information on accommodation and events, contact Canada Winter Games Society P.O. Boi 1975 Lethbridge, Alberta EARLY WEEK SPECIALS FRUIT JUICE Lilinl Hiwiiiin Piniipplt. 48 (I. oz. tin PEANUT BUTTER I89 c..r... UnmnniniTvl nr rhiuib Still 48 nz. nit lilt. Tin..................ElCh Empress Homoginized or Chunk Styli. 48 oz. nil wt. Tin ICE CREAM Snow Stir Assorted Flivours, 6 Pint Ctrton .Each Apple Sauce Town HOIISI Cnudi Finn VEGETABLE SOUP TownHotuCOMliiMil10ll.oz.Tln 69 Many More In Store Specials Effective Feb. 3-8th, 1975 Sales In Retail Quantities Only! Copyright 1960, Canada Safeway Limited ;