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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 14, IfTS THI UTHMID6I HBWIB _ 41 B.C. logging industry getting unexpected competition trow, beavers VANCOUVER (CP) The British Columbia logging industry is gelling some unexpected competition from a overly eager beavers are flattening stretches of timber in the Lower Mainland area. The dull, plodding and somewhat dim-witted Castor canadcnsis zoological Latin for the animal that adorns the flip side of the Canadian become something of a pest lately. The beavers have Invaded the heavily populated Lower M a i n 1 a n d in unexpectedly large numbers and have been busily engaged this spring in damming up man-made culverts. In the Fraser Mills area, the beavers were so 'successful that their efforts diverted a stream that flooded the basements of a number in a subdivision. In nearby Coquitlam a small colouy constructed an intricate engineering masterpiece on the Coquitlam River. Works department crews discovered the beavers had restricted the river's water flow into the much bigger Fraser River and they spent days tearing the dams to pieces. At Pitt Meadows, the owner of a tree nursery awoke lo discover that the beavers had expropriated his stock-in-trade for construction of lodge facilities in a nearby creek. The same thing happened at a park near liilley Lake Fraser Valley. The beavers discovered that ornamental shrubs carefully cultivated in a picnic area by parks workers made excellent dam fill, and they felled the entire lot. "The beaver is definitely on the increase on the Lower says conservation officer Clarence Mclvor. "They can rebuild their dams as fast as we can blow them." One of the big reasons for this is that there is little professional trapping nowadays and the beavers are getting more and more prolific. The animals are having a serious impact on the annual coho salmon their dams often prevent the salmon from getting upstream to removed 13 dams from the upper Pitt River last year because they were preventing the coho from entering their spawning said Mr. Mclvor. BUILT BY HIGHWAY Carl Hudson, a veteran trapper who is helping Mr. Mclvor in efforts to solve the beaver problem, told of one four-foot-high dam the beavers built in Coquitlam beside a major highway. "The water was backed right he said. "We tore the dam out and the little devils came right back and built it up again. We even tried putting in red lanterns to scare 'em but they worked right under the Mclvor and Mr. Hudson eventually solved the problem by moving the beavers first, tiwn tearing out Hie dam, a tactic they have been using increasingly. Mr. Hudson said a beaver In the Greater Vancouver area was a rare sight in the 1950s but the species has been multiplying rapidly since about 1960, Host oldtimers PICTURE BUTTE (HNS) Picture Bulte women ot Lhc Jtoyal Purple entertained senior citizens ot the north county area recently In the Elk's HaU here. Community singing was enjoyed by those present. Following this the orchestra group, comprising 18 members of the Picture Bulte High School Band, played a number of old-time melodies for the senior citizens. Then bingo games were played and door prizes SPARV700T) (HNS) The B.C. department of lands and forests has warned that Lake Kookanusa is the reservoir now forming behind the Libby Dam in Montana. Wlwn full-pool level is reached in 1973, the lake will extend 42 mites into British Columbia from the international boundary to a warning iss about three miles north of Wardner. The new lake is expected to extend across the international boundary at any tune in late May or early June. Wliile the lake will not rise to the eventual full-pool level this year, landslides of varying sizes could occur this year and next and, to a lesser degree, in sequent years. Boating could be dangerous because of the resulting large waves. Suspected danger areas and all roads leading into Lake Kookanusa will be posted with warning signs, Representatives of the department will be patrolling the lake perimeter by car and boat during the filling REVIEW PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) A non-white doctor put in charge of an African ward was forbidden to treat hi? patients, write prescriptions or direct his staff because the ward has white nurses. The ruing restricting' Mm was placed under review. 74, Tip Top starts the summer off right with great reductions on everything you'll from dresswear to sportswear. Spectacular savings of up to SPORT COATS BLAZERS fiftssais The fabrics are light. The colours are bright. Sport coats and blazers come in plaids, plains, tweeds, checks, or stripes. 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