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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Game farms help protect endangered wildlife species PKNTICTON. B.C. (Jump farms throughout the world are doing their bit to preserve endangered species of wildlife: and the Okanagan Game Farm here is no exception. We-' ve been co- operating with universities ;jnd game farms all over North America in efforts to increase the birthrate of endangered species in cap- says Kd Lacey: manager of the farm. Primarily, of course, the Okanagan Game Farm is a fun thing, a place for vacationing families to see rare animals they would 'ml otherwise1 see in their t'MvrN Over W.OOO people vKitrd the farm last year, mil ovn more are expee- this vcar during the mniiths MANY ANIMALS With nearly 600 acres of Okanagan semi-desert as an experimental ground, ihc l.inn is uniquely qualit- i'i mntrihute its share animal research. II has 27') animals of 67 species: many of them from such exotic places as India. Africa. China, Tibet and Mongolia. Surprisingly enough, most of the hot weather animals get along quite well in Okanagan winter temperatures, which can go as low as 20 below. The farm itself contributes its share of births for endangered species of the animal world. Over 120 animals have been born on the (arm. since it started, in 1967. Many of these have been traded to more than other game farms and across North America. Most animals at the farm are in pairs not only for compatability. but because reproduction of e n- dangered species is impor- tant. Animals in game larrns tend to reproduce more readily than those in because of their more natural habitat. Kndangered species in captivity make ideal sub- is AUTOMATIC" AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION --------------------------LTD. Phone 327-0910 1520 3rd Ava. S. Guaranteed Servicing Rebuilding and Exchange jects for physiological studies of their habits and weaknesses: Lacey says. And the game farm has co-operated with the Univer- sity of British Columbia, the B.C. wildlife depart- ment the University of Idaho and the Wyoming Wildlife department in physiological studies Of wild animals in captivity. Of particular interest has been its use of tranquilliz- ing and immobilizing techniques for transporting animals from one place to another. A new technique for reproduction: developed by the Institute for Research on Animals Threatened with Extinction may be used at the game farm this year. It consists of taking fertile egg clusters from rare animals and transplanting them into domestic animals: which act as live incubators. It is hoped the new process will result in a much higher birthrate for animals threatened with extinction. LARGE PENS Set against the rugged rock hillsides of the Okanagan. the farm provides the most natural habitat possible for seeing animals in an almost wilderness stale. Large pens, between two and five acres in size, allow animals to graze almost at will, yet in full view7 of the public. 1 By MASTER CRAFTSMEN Featuring IMPERIAL BLACK GRANITE Also BALMORAL RED and OXFORD GREY GRANITE Largest Stock of Memorials in Southern Alberta LETHBRIDGE MONUMENTAL LTD Phone 327-3920 325 8th St. S., LETHBRIDGE We are the experienced consultants in PRE-NEED ARRANGEMENTS B.C. cattlemen patrol watching for rustlers KAMLOOPS, B.C. (CP) With the price of beef rising rapidly and drastically, ranchers in British Colum- bia have been worried that rustlers will take their cattle. So they have formed a group with the unwieldy name of Sportsman Campers Hunters Education Program. SCHKP's aim is to provide protect- ion against all forms Of vandalism. Ranchers around this central B.C. city naturally include cattle rustling as van- dalism. Its volunteer members have been waging war on illegal hunting, garbage dumping, littering, damage and theft "CHRP organizes range patrols into the outlying areas and most of the units are equipped with radio- telephones." said Sgt. Ab Willms, head of the RCMP livestock investigation section. "They work in co-operation with local RCMP detachments and also the fish and wildlife branch. Their main ob- jective is prevention of theft and van- dalism and they assist the police." said Sgt. Willms. "After all, we're only as good as the eyes and ears of John Q Public. "This is a pioneering operation and I think it's unique in North America." SEVERAL CONVICTED He said SCHEP has already been responsible for several convictions of shooting game at night. "But SCHEP's main success is as a deterrent." he said. Convictions for cattle rustling are hard to get. said Henry Blazowski secretary-manager of the B.C. Cattle- men Association. Mr. Blazowski said his association only has reports of 208 suspected cattle thefts in 1971. Compared with that, deaths from unknown causes amounted to 270. But. however flimsy the statistics, B.C. ranchers have been worried as beef prices soar. NEED TOUGH LAW All the cattlemen agree, however, that something more than SCHEP is needed. So they've asked Len Marchand. Liberal MP for Kamloops-Cariboo, to push Justice Minister Otto Lang to amend the Criminal Code to provide a one-year minimum sentence without suspension for cattle stealing or butchering. "Part of the problem is that there's no clause covering cattle rustling it comes under theft under or theft over said Mr. Blazowski. He said the longest sentence for cat- tle rustling was three years given to a Vernon man in 1171 on a charge that in- volved six head of cattle. And so the ranchers will continue to support the oddly-named group as its members patrol the sun-browned hills around here. LIVESTOCK DIVISION Highway No. 3 LETHBRIDGE PUBLIC STOCKYARDS SUPPORT YOUR CO-OP Your consignment properly sorted and merchand- ised consistently brings more through buyer com- petition provided by your Co-Op. Licensed, bonded and cretified at your Lethbridge Public Auction Market. List your calves early with your Co-Op as we have many feeders who are interested in your livestock. Get maximum demands on your livestock. Offer them for sale at the Lethbridge Public Stockyards, Your Co-Op. Call a professional market man CALL CO-OP PHONE 327-401O ;