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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 30 THE IRHBRIDQE HERALD Thursday, June 8, 1972----------------------------------------------- Starvation may be fate of musk oxen, caribou YWLLO WKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP) Shared starvation may be tho fate of large numbers of musk oxen and caribou on Banks Island ill the high Arctic. Both species have been deci- mated by wanton slaughter throughout the history of north- ern exploration and exploita- tion. But now there is the paradox of too many animals for the limited forage available. Representatives of the Cana- dian Wildlife Service and the management branch met in Yellowknife recently to discuss the developing crisis. The greatest concentration of game is on the environmentally fragile northern reaches of Banks Island, a square mile mass in the western Arctic bordering on the Beaufort Sea. The musk ox population is by count and could num- ber closer to The caribou population is estimated at be- tween and FEED LIMITED Limited feed resources will be further strained during the short Arctic summer when the island becomes the nesting ground for one million geese. Recently, hunters from Sachs harbor, the island's prosperous eskimo settlement, told white visitors of finding "lost or dead caribou" animals dead starvation. Paul Kwaterowsky, N.W.T. superintendent of game man- agement, said all indications point to "an explosion of the musk ox population to the det- riment of the caribou." Decision was taken at the Yellowknife meeting to under- take a three-year study of the feeding capacity of the Banks Island range, as well as t he population dynamics ot the area. One game department spokes- man said over-the-ice migra- tion from other Arctic Islands could be responsible in part for the musk ox population explo- sion. Another factor is natural in- crease due to almost negligi- ble predation. Very few wolves have been sighted, perhaps be- cause of a predator control program undertaken some years ago. POPULATION UP The dramatic rise in the musk ox population is under- lined by the fact that until 1952, when a lone animal was sight- ed near the north coast, it was thought that the last Banks Is- land herd had been slaughtered about 1910. For more than half a cen- ury, the musk ox has been he most protected of Canadian >ig game animals. It resembles a cross between a shaggy buf- alo and some of the breeds of highland cattle, but is actually a member of the goat family. Its habit ot forming a pro- :ective circle when threatened instead of running made It easy prey when firearms were introduced to the north, and it was on the verge of ex- indiim when its total protec- :ion was ordered. So rigidly enforced has been the hunting ban that RCMP once charged an Eskimo for kill- ing an enraged bull that had charged into his camp. The conviction was finally overturn- ed on an appeal that went all the way to the supreme court of Canada. The N.W.T. Territorial Coun- cil voted in 3967 to allow lim- ited sports hunting. The plan was shelved after outr aged cries from conservationists. Mr. Kwaterowsky conceded that all one had to do to kill a musk ox was to walk up and shoot it. "It's not sport in the proper sense. There's no skill to it. The only skill required is to select the biggest one." Anglican Church to need million a year LONDON fCP) The Church of England will need an extra million million) a year by 1975 if it is to raise clergy stipends and perform other tasks effectively, says a report to be discussed at next month's general synod. The report estimates that the church mil require a total yearly Income of million million) by 1975 to pay its way. It says only one-third of Mather loses request fov oil spill check OTTAWA (CP) Demo- crat Barry Mather sought un- successfully Wednesday to have two United States authorities view the oil spill in the Crescent Beach area near Vancouver. He moved a motion in the Commons calling on the govern- ment to invite Rogers Morton, the U.S. interior secretary, and the head of the U.S. Environ- mental Protection Administra- tion to view the spill. He said the two officials then would see the "inevitable dese- cration the West Coast" that would follow establishment of a tanker route from Alaska to Cherry Point, Wash. Mr. Mather is MP for Surrey- White Rock and Crescent Beach is in his constituency. The spill comes across the Strait of Geor- gia from the Cherry Point refin- ery. Mr. Mather's motion, and an- other from Ran Harding (NDP West) on the same subject, did not receive unani- mous consent necessary for con- sideration. Mr. Harding asked that the Commons external affairs com- mittee, at present in the West, be instructed to investigate the spill. Dunlop Ford Appointment! "HANK" AMUNDSON Mr. Lyndon Foster, general sales manager of Dunlop Ford. is pleased to announce the ap- poinlment of Hank Amundson to their safes staff. Hank was born and raised in Southern Al- berla. He hoi TO years experi- ence in Farm Soles and was of a machine business for 7 years. A graduate of the Western College of Auctioneering Honk is married and has raised three children and has seven grand- children. Hank is now fully qualified to handle your every motoring need. Ho is proud to welcome his many friends and customers where he will pleased to handle their every motoring need this can be expected to come from the church commissioners form one of Britain's largest that church members may have to find twice as much in contribu- tions as they did in 1970. Although church attendance in Britain declined by 19 per cent during the 1960s, voluntary giving increased by million in the same period, the report notes. It proposes a new standard scale of stipends for clergy from to a year to At present payment varies according to the diocese. To meet the costs of the new scheme, church members would have to find an additional million. The general synod, which meets In London July 7-9, will also discuss recommendations that clergy be compulsorily re- tired at 70 and that there should be greater mobility of clergy between dioceses. Welfare costs dive at Edmonton EDMONTON (CP) A city welfare department spokesman said spending on public assist- ance for the first five months of 1972 is about less than the'total for the same per- iod last year. Keith Wass, social superintendent, said an improv- ed economic situation for the city and a booming construc- tion industry are largely re sponsible. About million in pubh'i assistance was provided durini the first five months this year compared with million fo: the period last year. Dial-A-Bus feasibility report near CALGARY (CP) Transpo. tation director William Kuyt says a report on the economic feasibility of a dial-a-bns sys- tem may he ready for city council by the end of the sum mer. The system, patterned after one in Regina, would likely be implemented in the city's south- ern district. Hadio dispatched buses re- sponding to phone calk would pick up passengers at their front doors and take them to terminal'! on the Blue Arrow Bus Express System, described as a forerunner of a rapid tran- sit system. Mr. Kuyt said no approaches have been made to the federal government for financial sup- port for the experimental dial- a-bus service. A preliminary engineering re- port has been prepared, he said, and transit department engineers now are proceeding with a more complete report. The Blue Arrow system is scheduled to start Sept. 1. MUCH IS FOREST About 198 million acres of On- tario is forest land. CHEERS AFTER RESCUE U.S. Navy pilot, Lt. Cmdr. Phillip Schuyler of Whhtier, Calif., acknowledges cheers from crewmen of the carrier Coral Sea after his rescue from the Gulf of Tonkin. His A6 fighter-bomber was shot down by enemy fire during a bombing mission over Hai- phong, North Veilnam, but he managed .to eject into the gulf. Wirephoto) Separating garbage fights pollution EDMONTON 2, 18, 24 months size. Training Pants 1.97 BeB. absorbent train- ing pants. Tunnel elastic waist. 3 White. In jizcj 1, 2, 3, 4. Infants' Shoes ONLY 3 eyelet sum- mer shoes. Cotton canvaf 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 lo fit 3, 6, gripper soles. Sizes 12, 18 months. Colours Red, While, Blue. Terry Towel Set Reg. 4 rft I absorbent terry in a printed (owe? set. Hooded towel. Facecloth White only. Comes in polybag. Sfretch Diapers each 2 for 8.97 C u r i I y Stretch gauze for good fit. No chafe, no ravel hems. Wh i t e. Come in packages of 12. 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