Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wtdnwday, 27, 1973 THE LETH8RIDGE HEKAID 4f COYOTES GRIEVE SHEEPMEN By GARRY J. MOES Associated Press Writer Sheep farmers throughout the western United States are howl- ing like coyotes these cause of coyotes. Many say hungry coyotes are forcing them out of business. "Coyotes are eating me out of house and says rancher Charles Pentz of Morgan, Utah, who says he has lost well over 200 sheep in the year since a federal ban on predator poison- ing took effect. Conservationists are howling back. They say the coyotes shouldn't be poisoned, and they accuse tire sheep raisers of pull- ing the wool over the public's eyes. "I cannot see how we can jus- tify says Barry Kel- ler, an assistant professor of population biology at Idaho State University. "The majority of sheep are grown on public land. Why should the taxpayer pay for poi- soning wildlife on his own land for the benefit of a small pri- vate industry? We must con- sider the esthetic and recrea- tional value of the land." In middle Government agencies, at the moment, are caught in the middle. They must weigh claims that coyotes are destroy- ing the sheep industry and with it much needed wool and mut- ton. The agencies, generally, are trying to help fanners with non-poison forms of predator control. They are encouraging boounty hunting, research and statistic-keeping. The Utah legislature passed a resolution earlier this year re- questing President Nixon and the U.S. Environmental Protec- tion Agency to lift bans on a certain coyote poison which is said to have little effect on other wildlife. "Predation by coyotes has caused substantial losses of sheep and forced many sheep- men out of the livestock busi- the resolution said. "It is now threatening the entire sheep industry. Several biologists at Idaho State believe sheep farmers are misreading the impact of coy- otes, the effects of the poisoning ban and public responsibility. Few seen Plant ecologist Karl Holte says he's seen only four coyotes in his eight years on the ranges of southeastern Idaho. "The thing that scares me about a poison program is that The lavish sweeping, look of crushed velvet captures the romantic charm of the gaslight era. Double size spread. Reg. ea. a-240615190. ea. Tum-of-the-century opulence! This is the mood creates in your bedroom. Choose this crushed velvet look in deep shades of Red, Gold, Purple or Blue. The throw- style spread is cotton-backed, edged with fringe. Yet for all its rich looks, this ensemble is machine wash, tumble dry. Requires just a fight touch-up with an iron. b-24 0615191. Queen size. Reg. ea. 24 0613965. Matching, pinch-pleated unlined drapes. Hooks. d-50 x Reg. pr. g-75 x Reg. pr. e-75 x Reg. pr. h-75 x Reg. pr. f-50 x Reg. pr. k-100 x Reg. pr. Drapery Enjoy whatyou want when you want II OpenanAnPurposeAccourt STORE HOURS: Open Daily from a.m. to p.m.; Thursday and Friday a.m. to 9 p.m. Centra Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 the people don't know or even care what they are Holte says. But one of Wyoming's largest sheep ranchers, Van Irvine of Casper, has announced he is being forced out of business. "We have been suffering in- creasing and intolerable losses to Irvine said. He is converting his operation to cattle. The Montana livestock de- partment reports 60 per cent of the sheep raisers in Montana's 19 largest sheep-producing counties have gone out of busi- ness in the last 12 years. The department says the sheep ranchers who have called it quits reported predator prob- lems as the major reason for their decisions. Prices, lack of help, weather and disease among the other leading rea- sons, officials say. "The predator problem to a tough says one Montana official. "We've had more com- plaints than we've ever had bt- fore." The quiet cavalier Quality muffler at a low, low price a- 28 R 77137. Strong. Quiet Dependable. True value at a very sensible price. Heavy steel outer shell for Inner shell for strong, quiet operation. Reinforced end caps help prevent blowouts. 6 98 UP. Heavy duty oil b-23 R Save Top quality, detergent-type oil for superior protection. Reg. 12' Save High voltage battery R 10924. Polypropylene bat- fery. 36 mo. guarantee. Reg. 1999-2199 Save49e-U9 Oil filters 25% Air filters R 46000. Filter quality new car warranty specification i. tog. Each I49 28 R 46000. Mere power, tmoother ride. Meets new car war- ranty demands. Reg. 224.374 SERVICE STATION HOURS: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Thunlcty and Friday until 9 p.m. 2nd and 13th St. N.