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Outdoors / f Operation Game Thief: 1-800-992-3030 Operation Calo Tip: 1-800-952-5400 Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursdayl January i 6, i 997 27' '' High winds cause severe damage at LakeMead National Park Service fishing point in closure of the facility. to park personnel, the Lake, dock Jalluary 5. By noon on Monday, January 6, wood in the dock had broken in two pieces. ,or 'The dock has been closed until  notice and will have to be removed from the water More the full extent of the damage can be assessed," said Park Superintendent Alan O'Neill. "We  that repairs may:teke!uptoa month to eompiete based on the preli !ion, he said. O'Neill said that tbe the work completion. ''We will have the dock bility4mpaired fishing enthusiasts," he said. dock for . Weekly sit,king by the Nevada Division of Wildlife will continue on its announced schedule. For further information, contact Karen Whitney of the National Park Sexvice at (702)293-8947 last rhmday Nevada Chipmunks show Hantavirus sign by Ed Tomchin Until recently, the only rodents in Southern Nevada evidencing exposure to the lethal hantavirus were deer mice, but a recent survey in the Mount Charleston area disclosed six chipmunks with positive antibodies for the hantavirus. Daniel Maxson, senior environmen- tal health specialist with the Clark County Health District, stressed this does not mean chipmunks are infec- tious. Further tests are being conducted to determine the extent of the exposure and the scope of the wild animal popu- lation which can transmit this poten- tially deadly virus. Until this recent discovery, deer mice were considered the primary hosts of the hantavirus in the Southern Nevada area. Clark County health officials'have been testing chip- munks and other rodents since 1993 when hantavirus was identified in the Southwest. Health officials, as a matter of routine since the advent of this virus in this area, warn hikers, campers and hunters to avoid ar- eas where rodent droppings and urine are likely to be present. Dr. Brian Hjelle, M.D., of the Department of Pathology, Uni- versity of New Mexico School of Medicine, states that hantaviruses have been implicated as cause of two diseases: hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). In HFRS, fever and muscle pain develop days or even weeks after exposure, followed by flushing and small, purplish spots on the skin. The disease progresses to hemorrhage of the stomach or eyes, and possibly shock. In the extreme stages of the disease, there is acute renal failure. Where death occurs it is usually the result of shock or hemorrhage. The common features of HPS (hantavirus pulmonary syndrome) includ fever, chills, and muscle pain, followed by difficulty breathing and coughing. Death results from the lung cavity filling with fluids. Overall, the mortality rate from both lorms of hantavirus is about 40 percent. While the hantaviruses do not cause illness in their rodent hosts, infected rodents shed the virus in their saliva, urine, and feces tor many weeks. e duration and maximum period ofinl c- tivity of these substances are unknown. Human infection can occur when in- fected saliva or excreta are inhaled as aerosols produced directly from the ani- mal. Infection may also occur when fresh or dried materials contaminated by rodent excreta are disturbed, directly introduced into broken skin, introduced into the eyes, or, possibly, ingested in contaminated food or water. Persons have also become infected after being bitten by host rodents. The chance of exposure to hantavirus is greatest when individuals work, play or live in closed spaces where there is an active rodent infestation. It is im- portant to be aware of possible rodent exposure, for example, when working in crawl spaces, opening phone line stations or us- ing air condition equipment after winter storage. Travel to and within areas where hantavirus infection has been re- ported is relatively safe and while the possibility of exposure to hantavirus for campers, hikers, and tourists is very small, steps should be taken to reduce contact with rodents and their droppings. Remember that while the chances of getting hantavirus are very low, if you do get the disease, it can be very serious, so take all necessary precautions, especially around buildings that have been unused for long periods of time, rural outbuildings, woodpiles, or any other place rodents frequent. Lee Canyon Ski & Snow Report by Ed Tomchin As of Wednesday, January 15, 1997, Lee Canyon has received 20" of new snow (dry powder). The ski runs have a total base of 40" - 45" which is excellent for skiing. According to Marti Weinter, Lee Canyon's other weather person, it was snowing on Wednesday morning and was expected to snow all day. Chains and snow tires were not required on the mountain, but were strongly recommended ,due to current snowfall. Goggles are recommended for skiing. Come prepared. At the time of this report, all runs were open but night skiiing is still closed until sufficient snow has based. All chair lifts are open and operating from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The resort provides a bus to the mountain which leaves Las Vegas from the Union Plaza at 7:30 am and their ski rental office at 3119 No. Rancho Drive at Cheyenne at 8:00 am daily. The bus is free for those purchasing lift tickets at the office. Daily updates on skiing and snow conditions are avail- able at: Las Vegas (702) 645-2754 and (702) 593-9500, and on the mountain atthe Ski and Snowboard Resort (702) 385- 2754. 1 Report by Geoff Schneider Nevada Division of Wildlife LAKE MEAD - The few anglers who have braved the recent rain storms and cold weather have had little success to show for their efforts, according to the Nevada Division of Wildlife. The action is now very slow for both largemouth bass and striped bass. About the only recent success was found by a boater who caught two stripers in the six-pound range while trolling north of Saddle Island. Small stripers continue to be caught by boaters in the back of Las Vegas Wash. Shad are still being found in Pumphouse Cove, but the stripers do not appear to be interested in feeding on the bait fish. NDOW is scheduled to stock rainbow trout Friday at Government Wash, Hemenway Harbor, Horsepower Cove, Pumphouse Cove and Saddle Island. LAKE MOHAVE - Division of Wildlife creel clerks report that very few anglers and generally slow fishing for striped bass is being found at Cottonwood Cove and Willow Beach. Over the weekend two anglers who were trolling for stripers near Cottonwood Cove had no success. Shore anglers are also struggling to get a bite. Willow Beach is scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout Thursday from Willow Beach hatchery. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA - Warm weather descended on the area late last week and cleared ice in some areas of the reservoirs. Anglers had fair action for rainbow trout by casting to the open water. Nearly a foot of snow fell on the management area early this week and roads at the facility are very muddy. Ice on the lakes is becoming thicker, but may not be safe for ice fishing. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR - This week's snow storm has blanketed the area with 13 inches of snow. Evening temperatures have been dipping to below zero. Ice is now about six inches thick. Ice fishing is slow for both rainbow and brown trout. ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR - The water level continues to rise and this is causing thin ice conditions around the edge of the lake. No anglers have been fishing at the Lincoln County reservoir. SCHROEDER RESERVOIR - More than a foot of snow covers roads leading to the lake. Anglers should avoid the lake until conditions improve