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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta ------------------------------Tueidoy, May 14, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 Only three rabies cases reported in years Only Lhroc cases of rabid have been diagnosed in AJberla since the provincial vec- tor control program was initi- aled nearly a year and a half ago. Dale Alsagcr, zoologist and pest control specialist with Hie Alberta department of agriculture, reports that skunks, about 27 per cent ol the population, have been re- moved from within the Ul-mile- widc buffer zone that was set up along the Alberta Saskatch- ewan border when the vector control program was initialed in kilo .January, 1971. This buffer zone was ininle- mcnlal lo reduce contact JVs tween skunks, and reduce the spread of rabies to Alberta, Mr Alsager points out that a control program of this type de- stroys less wildlife in the lung- run (han would be the case if the disease were allowed lo run its natural course. Organized vector control programs in (ho United Stales have done an ex- cellent job of smothering the disease and shortening Ihe life of rabius outbreaks. Under Alberta's vector con- trol program, all skunks with- in a three mile radius are re- moved if a rabid skunk is di- agnosed on the Alberta side of the buffer zone. This control measure has had" to be carried oul only twice. Tho third rabid skunk was found in the buffer zone. A depopula- tion site soon becomes repopu- lated with healthy skunks from adjacent areas. Recent surveys by special as- sistant rabies control officers working along the buffer zone indicate a potential- ly high skunk population in the northern and southern most portions, Mr. Alsager said. The skunk that was diagnosed at Skiff in January coulrt be an indication that more concen- trated control measures art) needed in this portion of the buffer zone. Although it is difficult to de- termine exactly how much in- fluence Alberta's vector control program has had in red u c i n g the total number of positive ra- bies cases (skunks and other animals) in the province, it cer- tainly appears to have been ef- fective. Under Alberta's program, the department of agriculture is mainly responsible for vector control in the agricultural re- gions of the province. The department of lands and is responsible for tho forest regions and urban areas. The effectiveness of the con- trol measures, said Mr. Alsa- ger, are being continually eval- uated by the field staff of both departments. He reports good co-operation between govern- ment agencies and the land- owners themselves, which is es- sential for maximum res u 1 U from such a program. See Us For The Complete Line Of YAMAHA 60 cc to 360 cc Also We Have A Complete Line Of cc to 650 cc Street Machines BICYCLES BICYCLES B5CYCLES We hove a complete line of bicycles from llie lot lo the adult by such Famoul makers as CCM, Gitarie, BRC and Phillips "See Us For The Best Deal In The South" (Formerly Scorpion Sales) TABER PH. 223-4211 "PARTS AND SERVICE FOR ALL BIKES AND MOTORCYCLES" Don'! miss these Used Truck Specials from 1965 INTERNATIONAL 1300 1 TON 6 4 speed transmission, sieel box 1966 INTERNATIONAL 1100 6 cyl., 3 ipeed (610329) 1967 INTERNATIONAL F-1800 392 engine, 5 and 4 transmission, box and hois! 1966 INTERNATIONAL VF-190 5 and 4 transmission, J new paint, excellent candilion ?4495 1967 INTERNATIONAL Vi TON 1969 INTERNATIONAL 1100 VB, automatic Iransmission 1968 INTERNATIONAL PICKUP 6 3 jpeed 1971 SCOUT 6 cyl., automatic, low J968 FORD TANDEM Full air, 5th wheel 1968 FORD F-800 TANDEM 391 engine, 5 and 4 transmission 1968 INTERNATIONAL F-1800 TANDEM Chassis and cab, 392 engine, a and 4 transmission Qf VS 1968 INTERNATIONAL F-1800 TANDEM 392 engine, 5 and 4 fransrr.ission, and hoist 1971 INTERNATIONAL TRAVELALL V3 auto., PS., P.B., auckel 4 Only-NEW 1971 PICKUPS-At Used Truck Prices! 1971 fNTERNAnONAL 1100 V8, 4 speed transmission...... 1971 INTERNATIONAL 1010 V8, 4 speed 1968 INTERNATIONAL COF 4000D Steeper cab, 13 speed ranger. 1971 INTERNATIONAL 1010 VB, 3 speed rrantrnistion 1971 INTERNATIONAL 10JO VB, 4 speed transmission 304 STAFFORD DRIVE, LETHBRSDGE PHONE 327-3125 ;