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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE IETHMIDCI HIRAID Monday. January 11, Southwest is problem area for control of predators Soulhwest Alberta was term- ed "one of the critical areas" confronting officials of Alber- ta's predator control program. Dale Alsager, supervisor ol animal pest control for the Al- berta department of agricul- ture, said in an interview thai the areas around Cardston and Plncher Creek could be consid- ered problem areas. He said the problems with predators get more severe with an increase in the sheep pap- ulation. Beth Cardston and Pincher Creek have heavy sheep populations. There is one man who is qualified to work within the area. In total, there are seven men qualified within the prov- ince. Mr. Alsager said it is the fringe areas that border the agricultural areas that tend to be the most difficult to super- vise. Hie predator control pro- gram is financed through the agricultural services board agreement. Mr. Alsager said it is hard to co-ordinate the program be- tween the various municipal districts and counties and this Is bad because the coyote (the main predator to be looked at by tie officials) is such a wide: ranging animal. The program is being well received in Alberta and according to Mr. Alsager, tie service could stand twice as many qualified people in the province. He said this number is real- ly necessary to capably meet the demand for them. "I would like to lave one or Ivro men available in each agri- cultural he said. He said the agricultural ser- vice board ficldmen in each area now are on an cm-call ba- sis to look at specific prob- lems. Under the predator control program itself, Mr. Alsager said there are now three op- tions open to the farmer and rancher. can handle the situation or pest himself. Mr. Alsager said the program encourages this because it is the quickest aad cheapest. farmer can approach the agricultural sendee board fieldman to get advice on the problem or the materials to do the job himself. farmer can completely turn the job over to a predator specialist. The agricultural fieldman docs an initial screen- ing of the problem to ascer- tain whether there is indeed a problem and if there is one, he can summon the predator spe- cialist. Mr. Alsager said there is "deterrent fee" charged to make sure the specialist working on a problem worthy of his expertise. The balance of the cost to the landowner IB paid, 60 per cent by the province and 40 per cent by the local county or municipal district. The program, which was pro- posed in Murch, 1971 Is still a fledgling organization, said Mr Alsager. There has been some suc- cess, especially in the Grande Prairie region, but the officials are still experiencing growing pains. He said to his knowledge there is no other program hi Canada like the one in Alberta Selective killing new approach A new approach using spe- cialized killing is being used i Alberta's predator control pro gram. Dale Alsager, supervisor animal pest control for the A) berta department of agricul hire, said in an interview tha SOME STORES CLOSED Approximately SO inde- pendent Lethbridge merchant! closed their doors lo the public this morning. The independents will be open five consecutive days a week, Tuesday to Saturday, and will be open until 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. They will be closed every Monday. National chain stores and some independents will remain open Mondays. Merchants staying open met this morning at Eatons and announced ttiat 75 per cent of the downtown will continue to be open Mondays. Homeowner grants stay EDMONTON (Staff) Thei Provincial Treasurer Gordon pthlw-irfoa faT a.cuiccnr'c Miniolu cave thor-a Tirill Kn "nn Lethbridge city tax assessor's Department can rest easy for the immediate time being. Miniely says there will be "no change" in the current home- owner grant. LEE DUCK CLEANERS '1.49 DAYS CONTINUING ALL THIS WEEK 2 Piece Suits 1.49 Dresses 1.49 FREE PICKUP AND DELIVERY SERVICE Lee Duck Cleaners 330 13th SI. N. Phone 327-2770 a gentle laxative 1L_ _.LU .4 T.._..ljri from the maker of It's called Nt because it's Nature's Remedy. j The Turns people, as you would expect, know a great deal about sensitive stomachs. They make their laxative with vegetable ingredients. M brings easy, effective, overnieht relief. M's gentle action works while you sleep without disturbing yourrest.TryNature's Remedy, a gentle all-vegetable laxative. Regular or chocolate coated. Nt tonight, tomorrow alright. officials now try to maintain the pest population in any area at as stable a number as pos- sible. "We concentrate on eradicat- ing specific he said. "Usually it is only one or two animals which do the actual killing and the rest of them feed on the earcass." He said the program is aim- ed at Controlling the damage rather than the control of the animal per sc. Previously, any predator con- trol program was set up to er adicate as many of the pests as possible. Mr. Alssger said this result- ed in an increase in the fertil- ity of the remaining pests and also an increase in the litter size and numbers. The pest got an almost im- mediate rebound in numbers. He said officials now believe Farm management practices have something to do with pred- ator problems. 'Management techniques will be part of die next predator control officer he said. These men will then be able to tell the sheepmen what they are doing wrong that is con- tributing to the problem of pests. WELL-PREPARED This four-wheel drive vehicle and iti driver, Rudolph P. Regehr from Clearwator, B.C., were prepared for everything but an accident. About damage resulted when Regehr lent control of hit vehicle on Highway 3 at the Highway 3A west overpan. Police re- port Regehr Wat not injured when his vehicle sideiwiped a light standard, plowed through a snow filled ditch and climbed i iteep embankment, shortly after noon Sunday. School exams' American bias claims checked The department of education iias agreed to a Lethbridge resident's call for a review of the "American bias" uviiigh school examinations. Bob Tarleck, co-chairman of the local branch of the Commit- tee for an Independent Canada said a senior Alberta education official has agreed to review and correct where necessary a Ijiil personnel services with the lack of Canadian content in Grade 8 to 12 government ex- aminations. E. J. Church, director of Provincial regulations asked for Alberta's trucking lines Chuck Martin, general man- ager of United Van Lines Ltd. Sunday called for provincial !overnment regulations for Al- lerta's trucking industry. "Alberta has very little trans- regulation, especially n requirements for the filing of provincial tariffs (scale of said Mr. Martin. He said the lack of regulations could create many problems or the shipping public. "What's missing in Alberta is he responsibility the carriers should hnve toward the ship- ping he said. "With regulations, the ship- ping public would have a regu- latory body to complain lo and a regulatory body which would have some way of policing the shipping industry." With the regulations, irrespon- sible actions such as hit and miss service, improperly licen- ced equipment and improper insurance coverage are not legal, he said. "Then there is always the question, is the person a reput- able he said. -He said Alberta is the only province without a set of regu- lations to control the actions of the trucking industry. He said the ates the newest thing. Rai companies are1 now getting into the industry in a big way and trucking companies are buying Smaller firms to make large, more efficient units. Music festival entries close Feb. 26 Closing date for entries in ira 1972 Lethbridge Kiwanis Music Festival is Feb. 26. The festival will be held April 21 to 29. Application forms can be tained from Leister's Music Store or Mrs. J. McLaughlin, executive secretary, and must be turned in with the correct Poppy essay contest winners named by Legion sponsors Results of the judging of the Royal Canadian Legion spon- sored Poppy Essay contest have been announced. Topic of the 1971 essays was If you can't remember, think." It was chosen with the realization-that entrants were boo young to recall the wars, but with the hope that they would understand their con- sequences Winners of the essay contest were Brian Gedrasik of Hamil- ton Junior High School, first, and Patricia Crighton of Cath- olic Central High School, sec- ond. The poem contest winners were Carol Murray, Hamilton Junior High, first, and Lorraine Shaw, Catholic Central, second. Winners were presenttd with certificates in a program at the schools. Lorraine Shaw was also the Churches plan program on Africa today The United Churches of the Lethbridge area invite all con- gregations and interested per- sons to join with them at South- minster United Church Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. for a program titled African Adventure. Rev. Tom Gilchrlst, who was a missionary in Africa prior to his present post at Fifth Ave- nue United Church In Medicine lat, will be guest speaker. By means of tapes and slides, Mr. Gilchrist will explain develop- problems and social aa- pecto of lite in Africa today. >arent PHONE.......................... I MXMEU [CITY........ ;