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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THI ItTHMIDOI HERALD - Friday, March , 1973 -------:- - r^M^ If is not dearly but seems1 headed for critical list m A challenge facing Aibcr-tans today is to insure the successful management of a most valuable resource, the Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep.. Currently there are thought to be about 4,500 in Alberta. Historically, big horn sheep greeted the explorers and records indicate that during the frontier days sheep were to be found in great numbers. Trappers, miners, railway workers, settlers and resident Indians showed a preference This is one wild animal for which Alberta can boast not only the world's record, but 12 of the top 20 as documented in the Boone and Crocket i:ecords for North American big game. It is the job of the fish and wildlife division of the Alberta department of lands and forests to "maintain and im-prove wildlife populations  and wildlife habitat for the aesthetic, recreational and economic well - being of the people of Alberta." The division says the Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep is no doubt Alberta's most sought after big game trophy. Applying these factors to The present trophy season runs from late August to mid-October. In 1971, to qualify for a sheep hunt, a hunter had to meet not only licencing requirement, but also obtain guiding services in case of non-residents. Senior hockey appears to be losing something In 1972 sheep hunting in Alberta became even more restrictive. Non-residents were limited to the number of licences that were available to them and also restricted to certain areas where they could hunt. The resident, meanwhile, has retained full privilege And each year for the past five years has purchased an average of 1,141 licences. The division sees a growing demand for sheep licences for wild sheep meat. By the late 1300's they were near extinction. As the hunting pressure on the sheep grew, the introduction of large domestic herds of cattle and horses increased competition for grassland range. When the national reserves were established in the national parks, game laws became much more restrictive and more vigorously enforced. the Big Horn, the present objective is to provide an annual crop of trophy rams and, at the same time, maintain the pristine quality of both the sheep and their habitat. By present definition, a trophy ram is a male sheep bearing horns not less than 4-5 curl. Exactly what constitutes a 4-5 curl has long been debated by sportsmen and biologists and may be considered a study in itself. With a population fluctuating around 4,500 head, an estimated 225 rams attain legal status annually. How, and by whom should this crop bo harvested? ? ? in the. future. It's expected the demand for sheep hunting will increase substantially as the population grows. But, as the demand grows, the sheep population is expected to remain relatively stable. The least painful restriction is expected to be with the nan - residents. Nevertheless, the value of the trophy sheep crop is expected to grow, in excess of $2,000 for the privilege to hunt one sheep. Even at this price, the non-resident quota is expected to be set at 10 to 20 per cent of the crop annually. But even the resident is expected to become disgruntled. He may be placed on a permit or draw system. He may even be restricted to one trophy ram in a lifetime. By GEHRY SUTI'ON I Canadian I'rcss Staff Writer I Senior hockey may not be. dead, but it's on the critical list I in many centres. The latest casualty is Kingston Aces of the Ontario Hockey Association Senior A series, who have agreed to step aside for a junior A team because of poor attendance. The Aces will cease operation at the end of the season and become the second Oil A Senior team to disband in less than a year. Oakville Oaks quit in December because of financial problems. Other casualties in Hie senior family, which once gave Canada impressive victories over | European clubs, have been the Saskatchewan and Alberta leagues which included such teams as Saskatoon Quakers, dead . . . this league is not go-Calgary Stampeders, Drumhel-, ing to fold, Til guarantee that,'| ler Miners and Edmonton Mon-arclis. However, the general managers of two successful Ontario senior clubs disagree that senior A is declining. HERE TO STAY "Senior hockey is here to stay," said Mike King, head of Btantford Forresters who have averaged 2,000 fans a game in a 3,000-seat arena. "People have been saying for years that senior hockey is said the 52-year-old general manager in an interview. Wes LUlie, nine years as general manager with Gait Hornets, said senior hockey is in trouble, but "it's not dead." When the Aces announced they were dropping out of senior hockey, president Herb Smith said in a prepared statement. "The present club has, during the past eight years, striven hard to provide a place for lo- "SPORTS cal adult hockey players . . . our policy has been to encourage and, where possible, to sign Kingston and district players, a policy that in the beginning enjoyed considerable support. "Unfortunately, this support has been withdrawn by many fans as is clear from the attendance drop of more than 50 per cent from last season to this, an average of 2,000 in' 1971-72, dropping to less than 1,000 in 1972-73." BOUGHT FRANCHISE His announcement paved the way for a 12-man Kingston group to purchase Montreal Junior Oanadiens for $50,000 and operate a team in the OHA Junior A series next season. In his statement, Smith said the senior league is not as healthy as it might be with "several teams being in grave danger of folding." "Everywhere, with one exception, (Brantford) fan support is dwindling. ..." Dick Cherry, formerly with Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, has played two years for the Aces and isn't happy they are disbanding. "I'm disappointed, but I can understand with junior A coming in-there was quite a driving force to get it in Kingston," said the 35-year-old Odessa, Ont., public school principal. Both Cherry and Lillie suggested professional scouts take a longer look at senior hockey because "some players arc capable of making the jump." They named Syl Apps Jr. of Pittsburgh Penguins, Fred O'Donnell of Boston Bruins, Dennis Keams of Vancouver Canucks and Pete Ford of Baltl-more Clippers-all former members of the Aces-who advanced to the pro ranks. ENTER YOUR ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES NOW for the 1973 Antique Auctions JUAL AUCTION SERVICES BOX 1545, CRESTON, B.C. These winter ranges, which are critical, are being used by cattlemen, too. Decisions will have to be made as to whether cattle or sheep will be sacrificed. There is also a conflict with forestry and mining. Successful rearing of the lambs is also a critical factor in sheep management. In the past, major increases in numbers have always been followed by major declines. Sheep populations in our ? ? national parks are at or near an all-time high. In critical range areas parasites are also near an all-time high. Die-off is imminent. Monitoring the symptoms and the problems is only one key factor. There is a need for controlling herd sizes. It takes a ram four to eight years to achieve trophy size. Non-trophy seasons is one answer. Knowledge and tools are available. Canucks are champs CALGARY (CP) - Calgary Canucks won the Alberta Junior Hockey League pennant Thursday night by defeating the Pass Red Devils 11-4. Roger Burke with three goals and Jim Patenaude and Dale Eloschuk with two each sparked the Canucks. Mark Lomenda, Ian McPhee, Brian Miller and Blaine McLeod added the other goals. Ivan Christiansen scored two for the Red Devils and Rob Flockhar and Daryll Haas added singles. The first period score was 2-2 and the Canucks led 5-41 after two. The Canucks took) five of nine minor penalties. The win tied the Canucks with Red Deer for first place but Calgary gets the pennant because of their 44 victories compared with 43 for the Rustlers. Calgary plays one more regular - season game - Saturday at Blairmore against the Red Devils. The Pass remains four points | ahead of Edmonton Mets in the race for the fourth and last | playoff position. SPRING TIME BICYCLE TIME BERT & MAC'S 4-7 yrs. Only . . 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