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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 24, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, February 24, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 15 When fur business suffers 'so does the coyote9 "The fur business is alive and so is the coyote. If one suffers, both suffer." That's the personal opinion of Joe Desmond, 38, for the last 15 years a buyer of raw furs for the Hudson's Bay Company. He was in Lethbridge for two days this month to buy. furs. His total haul from this area, roughly 400 coyote furs, 50 to 75 badgers, 25 to 30 fox, some lynx, prairie weasel and muskrat, all to be used for garments. "You write this article and you're going to get all kinds of people calling to complain about the threat of ex- tinction of the coyote the cruel and in- discriminate slaughter of wild Joe said. "Most of them don't know what they're talking about." Many people, he says, talk about conservation because it's a popular thing to talk about, "and most of them don't know anything about it. "They read a couple of books or articles and all they have is second hand information. They don't really care. "The fellow who knows about the coyote is the fellow who hunts'them. He's out there in the bush and in the fields looking for them. He knows the coyote and what he's he said. STABLE' "This conservationism is the same thing as the talk of oil and gasoline pollution. Everyone was talking about pollution until word got out about gasoline and oil shor- tages. Now everyone talks about saving the oil." The coyote population is stable, he says, and has been that way for the last 50 years or so. His total take of coyote furs over the years has averaged out to about the same number, except when the price was down. "The real conservationist is the hunter and trapper." Most of the people Joe deals with are farmers. "They will kill a few and leave the others. You can't drain your land and you can't drain your coyote pop- ulation." Joe claims the coyote population in Southern Alberta is very strong and healthy. "If anything will hurt the wild animals, it's mans intensive use of the land where the wild animals roam. "The trapper isn't going to kili off all the coyotes or fox or otter, beaver or any other wild animal. If he does, he destroys his own livelihood. "People talk about killing the animals and destroying his habitat. Nobody shot the dinosaur but they all died SELECTION OF 10 COYOTE PELTS TAKEN NEAR QRANUM. because they couldn't adapt to the changing environment. "Man is continuously taking more and more land for his own production and profit. Where do the wild animals go? Well the coyote, the fox and other predatory animals have been able to adapt." The coyote population, he says, can go only so high. Coyotes eat rabbits, mice, and other small rodents. "If you don't hunt the coyote and the population goes unchecked, some coyotes will begin to prey on farm animals such as chickens and sheep. But most coyotes will starve to death. "You can't stockpile wildlife. Besides, as more land is taken away from the wild animal the less room there is for him to roam and hunt." Joe mentioned the typical kind of statement an "old timer" might make. '.'I used to be able to sit on the porch there and watch the lynx up in the bush waiting for a rab- bit to go by underneath well you don't see that anymore." "It's no wonder, says Joe. The trees are all gone. What do you expect? Could you imagine the wild animal sitting in the middle of an open field waiting for a rab- He said in northern Alberta the hunting pressure on the coyote is not as great as in the South and there, in the bush, the coyote population grows. "The coyote population grows and many of them starve, while others wind up with mange, a disease which causes the fur to fall out and the animal freezes to death." "The more you tend to your crop the better it is. Leave the coyotes alone and you've got problems for yourself and for the coyote." Top coyote pelt brings up to Joe Desmond buys furs for The Hudson's Bay Com- pany. It's a full time job and from mid-November to the end of May each year, he travels all over Alberta. He gets most of his business from farmers who kill the wild animals on their own land. "I'll grade and evaluate the fur and offer a price. If the fellow doesn't agree on the figure he can ship the fur to an auction where he'll have to take what he can the 38-year-old fur trader said. A top grade coyote pelt can bring up to the best red fox will bring about to and the best badger will run about to The most valuable coyote furs, he said, are the and silky ones. Mr. Desmond will check the size of the fur, determine whether it is woolly and matted and whether or not the guardhairs are rubbed or pulled off. The guardhairs protect the fur underneath. The price for a pelt can range from to depending on the quality. Mr. Desmond comes to Lethbridge four times a year, in November, December, January and February. During his last two-day visit he dealt with about 75 people, most of whom were farmers. The badgers, he said, are hunted mainly because they are a nuisance to the farmers; The fox and coyotes chase pheasants arid chickens. After leaving Lethbridge, Mr. Desmond travels to Taber, Bow Island, Foremost, Manyberries and Medicine Hat, before returning to his office with the Hudson's Bay raw fur department. He became interested in the fur business as a youth when he did some trapping. He later joined the Hud- son's Bay northern depart- ment as a store clerk and has been in the fur buying trade since. Foundation requisition wins county approval A requisition against the Lethbridge County from the Green Acres Foundation, up from last year, has been approved by the Lethbridge County council. The total Green Acres Foundation requisition for 1975 is assessed as follows: City of Lethbridge, Town of Coaldale, Village of Nobleford, and Town of Picture Butte, The requisition on the coun- ty, said Coun. John Murray, has been increased to "pay the deficit expected in 1975." Council noted that Picture Butte has passed a bylaw to become a member of the foun- dation. Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell informed coun- cil of details on the municipal capital financing program increasing the amount of capital funds available to local governments through the Alberta Municipal Finane- ing Corporation, and providing by cash payments assistance on interest charges in excess of eight per cent on loans and debentures issued after Jan. 1, 1974. Council approved a bylaw for the sale of Lot 12, Block 1, Plan 8183E.A. at Shaughnessy to I. J. Ruaben. Council approved advertis- ing for an assessor trainee. This position will ease the burden on Development Control Officer Glen Snelgrove but will be an office position under the direction of the county manager. The salary is undecided. County Manager Bob Grant said there is much work to be done in connection with the licensing of mobile homes and mobile equipment. Council decided to delay a head count in the north area until the provincial recreation grant structure is announced. Council learned the Oldman River Recreation Board has authorized its director to investigate the cost of an area survey for the area served by the board. The county council will decide later how much it should contribute to the proposed Picture Butte Sportsplex and what the recreation board respon- sibilities are in this regard. Council approved the sale of Lot A, Block 20, Plan 5929H.Q. Swimming program proposed for Foremost High pupils FOREMOST (Staff) Boundaries of the new 40 Mile Gas Co operative franchise area brought no objection from the Forty Mile County council Friday. The co operative's area is in the southeast corner of the. province south of the Suffield training area. The telephones and utilities department indicated approval is near and Coun. Frank Romeike's motion to approve won council support. t Coun. Romeike said he will urge at the next school com- mittee meeting that students attending the Foremost High School be given the opportuni- ty to learn to swim in a school physical education program. County Administrator Roy Wallman said it could involve an expenditure of up to for lifeguards. "It can be said Coun. Romeike. "It is being done in the cities and we did it at Bow Island one year." At the same time, he in- dicated the Foremost swimm- ing pool organization needs financial assistance. Council tabled a proposal that a levy be considered on the Foremost recreation dis- trict to help finance recrea- tion programs said to be back- ed by the Village of Foremost and village organizations but not supported financially by rural residents, who par- ticipate. It was tabled because Coun. Bill Gejdos of Skiff, who suggested the idea earlier, was absent. Mr. Wallman said the province will announce a 10 year grant program that could mean an additional for recreation in the county. The announcement is ex- pected within two months, he said. Council learned insurance underwriters are not prepared to give rural residents reduc- ed premiums on fire in- surance if the county purchases firefighting pumper units, regardless of where the trucks are stationed under a volunteer system. To get a lower rate there must be a minimum of five fully paid firefighters in each fire hall. The municipal committee was instructed to get ad- ditional information on in- stallation costs for the radio communication system offered by the Canadian Mar- coni Company. Council is studying information from Motorola and Alberta Govern-, ment Telephones. AGT's lease plan, installation per radio unit and monthly maintenance, appeared likely to be favored if council decides to approve it on a one year trial basis. This would call for no capital outlay. Council learned it will cost to install a power line to the Bullhead Butte site for a communications tower. Council learned that any person who wants to take gravel out of a county pit must first obtain a licence, whether it be for a commercial or private use. The lands and forests department will include a levy in the licence to finance future reclamation of land scarred by the pits. Coun. Marg Dragland said she will be unable to attend 'the annual meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. March 6 at the Orion Community Hall. Coun. Dragland urged earlier that it be held at Orion to bring local government to smaller com- munities: She told council she is sorry she forgot the date and has made reservations to take a bus tour to California. "When you hold these things in out of the way places, people don't care to quipped Coun. Russell Scratch. to Don Lyon of Barons for County Manager Bob Grant was authorized to attend the annual meeting of the Lethbridge branch of the Vic- torian Order of Nurses to be held at noon Wednesday at Ericksen's Restaurant. Copies of the recent report of the Special Advisory Com- mittee on Communal Proper- ty and Land Use will be made available to councillors. Environment Minister Bill Yurko informed council by letter that reclamation funds are not designed to include such projects as cleaning up the old Barons dumpground. Council approved a grant to the Rehabilitation Society of Southwestern Alberta. Council studied a letter from the highways and tran- sport department stating the road grant this year will total Council can allocate the money on projects of its choice it is not specifically for oiling. Last year it totalled said County Manager Bob Grant. South in short Measles cases dropping HIGH RIVER (Staff) High incidence of communicable diseases has abated now, a Foothills Health Unit official said Thursday. The first week in February 130 children were absent from the 468 pupil Spitzee Elementary School here. Thursday the absentee rate at the school was "generally speaking, all back to said a school official. Twenty two cases of measles was reported to the health unit the first week in February and 20 the second week. Senior lodge rates boosted BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) The rental rate for double rooms at the Crowsnest Pass Senior Citizens Lodge will be increased May 1 from to per month. The rate for single rooms will be increased from to Theft from airline nets term in jail A former employee of Time Air Ltd., who earlier this month pleaded guilty in provincial court to stealing cash and in air .coupons from Time Air mailbags, will spend the next 60 days in jail. David John MacFarlane, 16, 2017 Palm Road, had pleaded guilty to four charges of theft over He was sentenced Friday to 60 days in jail on each count with the sentences to run concurrently. He was also placed on one year probation and ordered to make restitution by June 6. William Joseph Little Plume was sentenced to 69 days in jail. He pleaded guilty to four charges involving a struggle with a police officer. He was given a fine on the charges bufasked for time to pay and was refused. Provin- cial Judge L. W. Hudson levied fines totalling or the time in jail. Mr. Little Plume pleaded guilty to being drunk in a public place, obstructing justice, assaulting a police of- ficer and assault with intent to resist arrest. Leroy Vincent Kalicum, 18, !50S 24th St. S., pleaded not guilty to possession of hashish for the purposes of traf- ficking, and was remanded to May 16 for preliminary hearing. The charge was laid Feb. 18. Blair Orr, 28, 41513th St. S., charged with theft of a snow- was remanded to April 9 for a preliminary hear- ing in Cardston. The preliminary hearing for Mr. Orr was to be held Friday but the date was changed so the hearing could be held where the offence took place. Forty Mile records surplus of FOREMOST (Staff) Municipal expenditures of in, 1974 produced a municipal surplus of but the school committee deficit of cut the- overall surplus of Forty Mile County Reeve Dan Vanden Berg reported Friday. Releasing his report on 1974 operations prior to the annual ratepayers' meeting, Reeve Vanden Berg said tax collec- tions were down from 1973. Collection of current taxes was 68 per cent of the levy, compared with 74 per cent the previous year. Collection of arrears and current taxes came to 94 per cent of the current levy, com- pared with 103 per cent in 1973. The. annual meeting is scheduled to be held at 1 p.m. March 6 in the Orion Com- munity Hall. Said the reeve: "During the past year 26 miles of road were graded or regraded com- pared with 36 miles the previous year. A total of 268 miles were gravelled or re gravelled, compared with 322 miles in 1973. The county started a new program of oil- ing last year. We oiled 34 miles during the year." School revenue totalled and expenditures, The biggest chunk went for teachers' and school aides' salaries Public works cost the coun- ty and it paid out lor agricultural work. Payments to councillors, town and village represen- tatives involved in school committee work totalled 859 and for municipal work, for a total of Forty Mile may seek water supply funds By D'ARCY find out how many Herald Staff haul water from FOREMOST if it was Hk munities in the Forty provisions were m County may be eligible a pumping assistance on drinking Frank Romeike, supply systems, Wilf think people would of the water branch, Lethbridge, said said "because Answering questions hauling water all the county councillors at Bow regular meeting, Mr. Alberta said his department has been asked likely provide aid for also, regarding iHfe of new wells but it would caused by pend on the specifics of through a well JivJXii proposal." He told council aid the well is used by residents, grant money likely be approved for digging wells but aid for storage facilities "is a grey lined up, said Coun. Romeike. Coun. Russell Scratch technique in Irrigation system "In one instance county has many being explained t( was given but in others, that need officials b he said. Council is interested in upgrading a community well at the Conquerville School. Coun. Marg Dragland was systems. Some wells have been drilled but storage facilities are needed. He wanted to know if aid is Francis of through a special vol unteer project fo Canadian Executive us the specifics Overseas. Mr will take it up with head of the pro- said Mr. Langen. The water authority planning branch o the irrigation division contract position paper five the Alberta depart- assistance for of agriculture, is Lethbridge County council has accepted the Willow Creek Sand and Gravel Company tender to crush yards of gravel for a consultant to the min-In this paper, the govern- ment pledges assistance of 100- in percent of the cost of a on loan from preliminary engineering fne Provincial department analysis to provide a source of of Gravel will be crushed suoplv to pits one four and six for per cubic yard; and in pits two, three and five at per cubic It pays up to 100 percent for detailed engineering analysis, subject to negotiation. The province and The M and P Crushing of Magrath offer of per cubic yard and Stoneway Crushing Ltd. of Calgary offer at per cubic yard were up to 100 percent of the project capital costs. The local authority pays for land acquisition. Mr. Langen urged the council to study the position MOTORS Available Best Prices All Typesl The county paid 89 cents the various cost sharing programs and "if you Appliance cubic yard for crushing drainage projects 3rd Ave. year, said County them and forward it 327-6684 Bob to have lunch with PREMIER PETER LOUGHEED at the LEE CREEK EDUCATIONAL CENTRE it CARDSTON Thursday, February 27th at Noon Tickets art available at apiece from Campaign at: Cardston, Cahoon Hotel 653-3466 Magrath, Lions Hall.......... 758-3341 Raymond.................... 752-3309 Sponsored by the Cardston Constituency P. C. Association ;