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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta September 6, 197J IETHBRIDOE HEKAIO 9 Bear airlifts campaign proposed OTTAWA (CP) The de- fence department has been asked to help lly a gioup c( po- lar bears away from a dump on the outskirts of Churchill, Man. The request was made by the same man who last year spear- headed a campaign to fly the bears away from the same dump where they posed a men- ace to the residents of the Northern Manitoba town. The department, not quite sure what to make of the re- quest, is studying the matter and lias yet to decide whether it can lend a hand. The campaign last year was launched by Brian Davies of Frcdericton, executive-director of the Fund for International Welfare, after the Manitoba government orfercd the bears shot to protect Churchill towns- folk. Twenty-four of the huge ani mals were caged and flown oul of the area. They were released near the mouth of the Kaskat tama River, 300 land miles t( the east. Four made the long trek back i o continue rooting in the gar- jage bul the international fund, vhich footed the Mil for he project, rated it a success. There are plans evenlunlly to nstal an incinerator and burn he trash that now attracts the xjars. Bul the problem will still remain when the bears follow :heir migration route past the town again this fall. Mr. Davies, the same man who campaigned tor abolition of the East Coast seal hunt, said in an interview the lund is "perfectly prepared" to repeat the whole procedure again this year. But he wants the armed forces to take part in the cam- paign as a training exercise in dealing with Arctic environ mental disasters which threaten wildlife. "Sure as hell we're going to have a disaster in the Arctic and the armed forces are the only people we've got to dea' with it when the time he said. "This would be a really good ipporlunity to train." He said the prospect of an oil spill, perhaps trapping polar >cars on ice floes, is Jar from remote with development push- g ahead in the north. With this in mind, he wrote to Edgar Benson suggesting that the armed forces become in- volved in the problem at Churchill. Mr. Benson was de- fence minister until his appoint- ment Friday as president of the Canadian transport commis- sion. An assistant to the former minister acknowledged the let- ter, saying the proposal is un- der study and promising to wrile again atler the matter was explored. COULD IlKACH 100 Mr. Davies said al least two and perhaps three or four "bear airlifts" will be needed at Churchill before the dump is modernized and, hopefully, the animals revert to their tradi- tional migratory route wliich takes them far enougli away from the dump to remove the danger to townsfolk. An estimated 70 polar bears were attracted to Ihe area last year and., with addition of foung and other new bears, the number could well pass 100 during the mid-September to mid-November migratory pe- riod this fall, Mr. Davies pre- dicted. He said the polar bear, with an estimated world population of only ranks as an en dangcred species and must be protected. "The airlift will take place Ihis year whether Ihe govern ment parlicipates or not. We're ready to do said Mr Davies. Fatally hurt DIDSBURY (CP) Norman G. Champion, 60, of Calgary died in hospital after a single- vehicle accident near Carstairs CHECKS JOEY Mother Kongeroo in Vancouver's Stanley Park lakes a look to see what Joey is up to. The animals, which have become favorites with zoo goers, came to Vancouver from Australian pavilion ot Expo 67. To School BELL 12 01. net wt. pkg. Welcome Teachers Welcome Students lucerne Creamed with Chives, Pineapple, Fruit Salad 12 oz. Net Wt. Ctn. COTTAGE CHEESE 2 Taste TelEs Canada Choice CREAMED CORN TEA JELLY PDRS CAKE MIXES Creamettes Also Spaghetti Kettle Style R.C. MACARONI DOG FOOD Jello Assorted g 3 oz. net wt. pkg. Monarch 6 Flavours In Pouch Pak 9.3 10 oz. net wt. pkg. net wt. pkg. 1 VEGETABLE SOUP Vegetable or Tomato Soup Town House Condensed 10-fl. oz. tin Busy Baker Salted or Unsaved Heinz Products White Vinegar ,ofl.M. iug..........................super saver o 'er for 75c SUPER SAVERS VEGETABLE OIL S1.99 Mozola Corn..............M fl. btle. PIE FILLER 15 oz. net wt. tin SUPER SAVERS CHEERIOS Canada Fancy 48 fl. oz. tin ..........Super Sav ilor or Strained (Except Meat) s .00 DUU' ruuu 4V4 -4y< o: Tomato Ketchup or Sffainetl