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Outdoors ] Operation Game Thiefi" 1-800-992-3030 Operation Cal- Tip: 1-800-952-5400 BLM rule allows higher fees for wild horses, burros The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published a final rule that authorized BLM managers to char ge higher adoption fees for wild horses and burros through competitive bidding. The BLM currently charges a base fee of $125 for horses and $75 for burros. "This new rule reflects the public's growing appre- ciation of how wonderful these animals can be," said Interim BLM Director Sylvia Baca. "It will help en- sure that wild horses and burros are placed in good homes with people who can value them for their many fine qualities." Wild horses, once gentled, have become champions in such events as endurance riding and dressage and are known for their loyalty, sure-footedness and en- durance. Wild burros have become popular as pets or guards for sheep in the West. Today, people are willing to make more of a finan- cial investment in the wild horses or burros," Baca said. "This rule will help bring the price of many of these animals closer to what they're really worth while help- ing to ensure that the animals receive humane care." Baca noted that adoption fees for wild horses and bur- ros have not changed since 1982, despite the higher costs incurred by the BLM in feeding, caring for, and transporting the animals. While the rule authorizes the BLM to conduct com- petitive sales, it does not require the agency to do so. The BLM will test the competitive bidding process at selected adoptions over the next several months. When not using competitive bidding, the BLM will typically charge a uniform, minimum lee of $125 per animal. All adopters must meet the requirements of the Wild Horse and Burro regulations before they can adopt an animal. The BLM manages about 42,000 wild horses and burros that roam public lands managed in the West under the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971. The law mandates the protection, management, and control of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands at population levels that ensure a thriving ecological balance. The Bureau weeks to ensure a healthy, viable popu- lation of wild horses and b'frros within the limits of available public land resources. The BLM does this by horse and burro populations, and adjusting popula- tions tot he appropriate size by placing excess animals in the care of private individuals through adoption. Animals that are removed from the public lands are offered for adoption to qualified people who agree to provide humane care through the BLM's Adopt-A- Horse-or-Burro program. The fees help defray the costs of medical treatment, transportation and adop- tions. After one year of providing humane care, an adoptermay receive title to the animal. Adoptions take place across the United States. Yellowstone's bison blunder With their winter forage buried under an unusually heavy layer of snow and ice, the bison at Yellowstone National Park - a small but valuable remnant of the giant herds that were nearly eradicated by hunters in the last century - face a challenge to their survival this winter. Their prospects have been made even grim- mer by the federal government's failure to plan sensi- bly for their preservation. Some portion of the Yellowstone herd is infected with brucellosis, a disease that lowers milk produc- tion and causes females to abort their calves. The tear that brucellosis could be passed from bison to private cattle herds has caused federal and Montana officials to order that any bison that stray from the park in search of food, which many are doing, must be either exter- minated on the spot or captured and shipped to slaugh- ter. More than 700 - one-third of the herd - have been killed already this winter; park Superintendent Mike Finley fears for the loss of this whole herd if the cur- rent extermination practices continue unabated. Federal officials recently proposed a plan to allow bison to stray into some federal lands adjacent to Yellowstone, where they may find better forage; Montana's governor says that poses too much of a threat to cattle. The park is also establishing 24 hour ranger patrols to try to herd the straying bison back into the park, though what they will eat is an unan- swered question. A more reasonable solution advocated by environ- mentalists, ranchers and others has been to inoculate the Yellowstone herd. Inoculation against brucellosis has rid smaller herds of the disease in federal and state parks in South Dakota. Those parks have better con- tained their populations - and covered the costs of their inoculation programs - by selling excess animals to Indian tribes or to private herd owners. This hard winter is surely not the last time tile bison - to whom park boundaries mean nothing - will go look- ing for forage. An inoculation program or some other preventive solution may require at least some initial investment. But it's hard to imagine it could be more costly or time consuming than the inhumane slaughter that is passing for herd management now. Fishing Regulations Available Fishing regulations brochures for Nevada's 199%98 season are now available at most stores that sell fish- ing licenses and the Nevada Division of Wildlife, 4747 West Vegas Drive. The free 32 page booklets provide information on Nevada's fishing seasons, limits and laws. In addi- tion, it includes articles on some of the more produc- tive areas to fish in the state. Also listed is various information on state and fed- eral boating requirements as well as information on Nevada's trophy fish program. Elk Surveys completed Preliminary findings from recently completed aerial surveys indicate Nevada's elk herds are generally in good condition. Mike Cox, supervising game biologist for the Ne- vada Division of Wildlife, said nearly 500 elk were counted during last week's surveys in Clark, Lincoln and Nye counties. He said herds in the three counties are healthy. A major reason for the surveys is to determine the previous year's calf production. Of particular note, was the large number of bull elk seen by biologists in Management Area 23. Hunter Education Class A hunter education class will be held Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nevada Division of Wildlife, 4747 West Vegas Drive. Students must attend both days and pass a written exam to receive Nevada hunter education cards. Fee for the class is $5. Registration for the class begins Monday, February 24 at 8 a.m. To enroll call NDOW at (702) 486-5127. Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, February 20, 1997 25 Affordable = Used Cars Why do we sell so many Autos. Simple LOW PROFIT!! Jim klcastro. 751-1625 "Bob Tomaro. - Founder - . Manager- Corner of Basin & Hwy. 160 - Pahrump Canteen Bakery & Party Shop 1061 E. Second St. (702) 727-7447 Sugar Free Specialty Cakes Pies & Pastry Pies & Bread Assorted Donuts & Goodies Hrs- 4:30 am - 1:30 pm Tues - Sat Thermax Clean Care Center Specializing in Steam Cleaning Home Business Auto RV - Equipment, Sales and Rentals ,- Rent the world's best Steam Cleaner (702) 7271339 $8 for 24 hours 1200 N. Leslie St. -FREE- 10x12 Room Pahrump, NV 89041 Cleaned If mention this ad 6 $,L00itLrtl; ,00epwrt By Geoff Schneider Nevada Division of Wildlife LAKE MEAD - Anglers continue to have sporadic success for striped bass while there has been little or no action for largemouth bass, ac- cording tot he Nevada Division of Wildlife. One shore fisherman reported catching several stripers early Tues- day morning with a Sassy Shad at Government Wash. The fish weighed up to seven pounds. The action has slowed at Pumphouse Cove. Even so, two anglers had good fishing last week by fishing with live shad that were placed about two feet below their small bobbers. Horsepower Cove and Hemenway Harbor have produced a few fish, but the action has been hit and miss. Reports from the Overton Arm indicate fishing has been fair for small stripers around Fish Island. LAKE MOI-IAVE - Some success for striped bass continues to be found in the narrows above Cottonwood Cove. Small stripers are being taken by drifting and trolling with anchovies. A boater reported catching a 37 pound striper late last week near Willow Beach. Otherwise, the action in that area has been slow for both stripers and rainbow trout. Trout fishing was good at Placer Cove following the recent plants by the Division of Wildlife. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA- The lakes are mostly free 0fice and fishing has been fair for rainbow trout measuring up to 17 inches. Shore fishing has been fair from the dams at Cold Springs and Haymeadow reservoirs. Boaters are having better success by anchor- ing and fishing with live worms and Power Bait. Roads on the management area are rutted, but are in fairly good shape. Campers are finding that the evening temperatures are dipping to the freezing level. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR - The Nevada Division of Wild- life is advising anglers to be extremely cautious because warm weather is deteriorating the ice. Latest reports indicate the ice is four to five inches thick. Trout fishing continues to be fair for anglers using jigs, Power Bail and worms; ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR - Most of the ice is gone from the lake and small boats can be launched. Fishing has been slow for stocked rainbow trout. SCHROEDER RESERVOIR - Dirt roads leading to the state park are badly rutted. The foot trail leading from the parking area to the lake is under about two feet of water. Anglers may wish to avoid the lake until conditions improve. ., i i T Bus:(702) 727-6257 JV Industries, Inc. Concrete Accessories I II Re-Bar - 3/8", 1/2", 5/8" Stakes - Wood & Steel Anchor Bolts, Work Gloves, Tie Wire & Mesh 3700 W. Flamingo 7-5 Mon- Sat Pahrump, NV : .... Closed Sun