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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, may 14, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 Only three rabies cases reported in years Only three cases of rabid skunks have been diagnosed in Alberta since the provincial vec- tor control program was initi- ated nearly a year and a half ago. Dale Alsager, zoologist and animal pest conlrol specialist with liie Alberta department of agriculture, reports that skunks, about 27 per cent of the population, have been re- moved from within the IB-mile- wide buffer zone that was set up along the Alberta Saskatch- ewan border when the vector conlrol program was initiated in late January, 1971. This buffer zone was imple- mented to reduce contact be- tween skunks, and reduce the spread of rabies to Alberta. Mr. Alsager points out that a conlrol program of this type de- stroys less wildlife in the long- run than would be the case if the disease were allowed to run its natural course. Organized vector control programs in the United Stales have done an ex- cellent job of smothering the disease and shortening the life of rabies oulbreaks. 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 out only twice. The third rabid skunk was found in the buffer zone. A depopula- tion site soon becomes repopii- lated with healthy skunks from adjacent areas. Recent surveys by special as- sistant rabies control officers working along the 3711-mile-long 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 could be an indication that more concen- Iraled conlrol measures aro 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 forests is responsible for tho forest regions and urban areas. The effectiveness of the con- trol measures, said Mr. Alsa- ger, are being continually eval- menl agencies and the land- uated by the field staff of both owners themselves, which is es- departments. He reports good sential for maximum res u H 1 co-operation between govern- from such a program.________ See Us For The Complete Line Of 60 cc to 360 ec Also We Have A Complete Line Of cc to 650 ce Street sues BICYCLES BICYCLES BICYCLES We have a complete line of bicycles from the lot to the adult by such Famou. makers as CCM, Gitcme, BRC and Phillips "See Us For The Best Deal in The South" (Formerly Scorpion Sales) TABER PH. 223-4211 "PARTS AND SERVICE FOR AU BIKES AND MOTORCYCLES r Don't miss these Used Truck Specials from 1965 INTERNATIONAL 1300 1 TON 6 cyl. engine, 4 I? A 4 speed transmission, V I B steel box 1966 INTERNATIONAL 1100 6 cyl., 3 (610329) 1967 INTERNATIONAL F-1800 392 engine, 5 and 4 transmission, box and hoist 1966 INTERNATIONAL VF-190 I 5 and 4 transmission, f M M A new paint, excellent condition 1967 INTERNATIONAL TON 4 wheel drive 1969 INTERNATIONAL 1100 V8, automatic transmission 1968 INTERNATIONAL PICKUP 6 3 speed 1971 SCOUT 6 cyl., automatic, low mileage 1968 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, 4 392 engine, 5 and 4 transmission 1968 INTERNATIONAL F-1800 TANDEM 392 engine, 5 and 4 transmission, box and hoist 1971 INTERNATiQNAL TRAVELALL V3 outo., P.S.. P.B., bucket 4 Only-NEW 1971 PICKUPS-At Used Truck Prices! J968 INTERNATIONAL 1971 INTERNATIONAL 1100 V8, 4 speed transmission...... 1971 INTERNATSONAt 1010 V8, 4 speed transmission..... COF 4000D Sleeper cab, 13 speed ranger. 1971 INTERNATIONAL 1010 V8, 3 speed transmission 1971 INTERNATIONAL 1010 V8, 4 speed transmission 304 STAFFORD DRIVE, LETHBRSDGE PHONE 327-3125 ;