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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta May 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Vomit poison may save lambs By JANE E. BRODY New York Times Service NEW YORK Preliminary studies conducted at the University of Utah indicate that it may be possible to solve the sheepman's problem with coyote predation by the coyote's taste for lamb. The which have been greeted with enthusiasm and cautious optimism by Utah's wool involve feeding the coyote lamb bait laced with a chemical that makes the animals vomit. The effect is so dramatic that after one such the coyote refuses to eat a team of psychologists report in the current issue of the journal Science. And after one or two exposures to the treated the coyote won't have anything to do with a live lamb and actually hides from rather than attacks a lamb in the same pen with it. method certainly seems to work satisfactorily under controlled said Marcellus director of the Utah Wool Growers which provided lambs for the experiments. it needs to be tested in the field to see if it is practical and If field studies bear out the initial Palmer the method would be vastly preferable to the current control measure of shooting coyotes time consuming and expensive process that doesn't even work very well to save our The coyote predation problem became a national issue two years ago when President Nixon banned the use of poisons to control predators on public lands. Shortly the environmental protection agency lifted the registration of poison control methods and banned their shipment in interstate commerce. The poison methods include bait containing a lethal toxin and baited traps that shoot cyanide bullets into the animal. Since the sheepmen have complained that they are losing a third of their lambs each year mainly to coyotes. The ban on poisons resulted largely from the complaints of conservation groups not only were the poisons vastly depleting the coyote but they were also killing off unintended and in some cases endangered including the bald eagle. There were also serious questions raised about the effectiveness of killing coyotes as a means of reducing the loss of lambs. The approach studied in Utah offers the possibility of saving both the prey and the according to the report by Dr. Carl R. Gustavson. psychologist at the University of and Dr. John Walter G. Hankins and Kenneth W. Rusiniak of the departments of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Los Angeles. The psychologists said it was also possible that a mother coyote who had developed a distaste for lamb would pass on her aversion to her pups. Such an effect has been established in rats. The emetic used in the Utah tests lithium chloride is effective over a wide dose the scientists and it would not kill other such as eagles and that might feed on the treated bait. We can CUSTOM REBUILD Your Own Motor CRANKSHAFT REQRINDING CYLINDER REBORING CYLINDER HEAD RECONDITIONING For complete details BAALIM WHOLESALE LTD. 20510th Street South Phone 327-85871 or the GARAGE or SERVICE STATION NEAREST Mountain prisoners learn fire fighting B.C. At the Agassiz Mountain prison compound recently it was the staff who set fires and the prisoners who extinguished them. It was not exactly a revolt in reverse but a revolution of sorts. For the first time in the federal prison prisoners as well as staff were enrolled in fire prevention instruction given by the provincial fire marshal's department. Staff took the basic fire- fighting course then prisoners who with special emphasis on in the mountain-hugging medium-security institution about 70 miles east of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley. stressing the prisoners who clean the dormitories and huts because they're inside most of the time and would be the first to report a fire and act upon said acting works officer Ron Tipper. all the buildings are made of they have wood partitions with paint and it wouldn't take long to gut a building if a fire really got going. there's not that much staff on duty at any given particularly on the evening and graveyard so if there was a big fire we would have to call on the prisoners for assist- The firefighting exercises are part of a larger munity involvment. A prison crew might be called on to help fight brush or forest fires. 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