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"'2-'urayl Mch 13, 1997 Pahrunlp Valley Gazette : Outdoors Z ,! by Geoff Schneider Nevada Division of W'ddlife LAKE MEAD - Even though fishing success has not been great, anglers are still catching a few striped bass in the Overton Arm and Boulder Basin, accord- ing to the Nevada Division of Wildlife. Reports from the Stewart's Point area indicate boaters continue to catch stripers up to five pounds by trolling with lures and anchovies. Boaters are catching small stripers by trolling whole anchovies in the Muddy River area. Shad are being found near shore at Hemenway Harbor and anglers are using them for bait, Fishing has been fair in that area for stripers weighing from one to three pounds. Stripers continue to be caught at Government Wash and below the campground at Las Vegas Wash, No action has been reported at Pumphouse Cove. LAKE MOHAVE - Windy weather has been keeping fishing pressure to a minimum. However, the few anglers who took to the water over the week- end found fair success for striped bass in the nar- rows above Cottonwood Cove. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGE- MENTAREA - A large crowd of anglers found good fishing at Haymeadow Reservoir over the weekend. Approximately 20 boats and float tubes were on the water and a number of anglers were fishing from the dam, Anglers reported catching rainbow trout that mea- sure from 12 to 16 inches. Wooly bugger and scud flies have been productive while Power Bait is the preferred bait for still fishing. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR - Even though the lake is free of ice, there has been very little fish- mg pressure at the lake. There have been reports that crappie have been taking flies cast from float tubes. Trout fishing has also been fair to good, March for parks On March 15th, Death Valley National Park will be hosting the second annual "MARCH FOR PARKS", an event sponsored by the National Parks & Conservation Association and dedicated to the improvement of facili- ties and activities for disabled visitors. Participants will show their support by walking a short distance on a paved route through a scenic part of Death Valley. Proceeds from the event will be used to develop a wheelchair accessible native plant trail at Furnace Creek Visitor Center. The event will begin at 10:00 AM in the parking lot at Golden Canyon located three miles south of Fur- nace Creek Ranch in the central part of Death Valley. There is no required fee for participat- ing but donations will be ac- cepted. For more information about how you can participate or vol- unteer to help, contact Roger at (619)786-3281. The event is sponsored by the National Park & Conservation Asso- ciation and the Death Valley Natural ''-A History Association. "" "1 op, Everyone is invited to participate in this op- portunity to show your support for the disabled. Pahrump will be a day of races Sunday By C. Carlson Get in! Sit down! And hold on! Racing fever is about to hit the Pahrump Valley. Saturday will be a day of nerves starting with the Pahr- ump Elementary Schools. They will raise money for their instiutions, by cog against each other in the annual Bike-A-Thon. Terrible's Town Casino will present their 1st annual 200 OffRoad Race. Festivities begin at 6:30 Friday evening with a Barbeque and Beer Bust. They will start the mace at 8:00 A.M. Saturday, with activities oughout the day. Profits fitma the sell of beer, will go to the Pahrump Volun- teer Fire DmamaenL Also on Saturday, the season will begin at the Pahrmnp Valley Speedway. Gates will open at 3.'; the races begin at 5:00. Besides Palmnnp, Rhyolite Ftival, 1997 will kickoff with a parade begining at 9:00a.m., with tours of the town throughout the day. "Good Samaritans" tough on Nature's babies By C. Douglas Nielsen They are cute, cuddly and can appear quite vul- nerable, but Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW) officials are asking well-meaning Good Samaritans to think twice before picking up baby animals or birds they might find in their yards, local parks or while venturing outdoors. Hundreds of young animals and birds are mistak- enly removed from the wild each year by people who think the critters might be orphaned or aban- doned and need their help. Frequently, however, the parents are probably not too far away, and re- moving the animals or birds can turn an otherwise natural situation into a problem. "I would rather that people were more concerned than apathetic, but too much interference with some aspects of mother nature can yield negative rather than positive results," said Mike Cox, supervising game biologist for NDOW. Problems associated with the picking up of wild animal babies are especially common in the spring when most wild animals are bearing and rearing their young. During this time, Cox explained, it is common for wild animals to leave their young un- attended while they go about their daily routine. With their built-in safety features like camouflage coloring, baby animals are well prepared to survive periodic separations from their parents. Despite their good in- tentions, would-be res- cuers often condemn wild creatures to a life of captivity and even death. "We need to understand that many animals and birds born each year will not survive very long. 'That is nature's way of balancing her books," he added. "Most species produce far more young than the available habitat can support. Depending on environmental condi- tions, the habitat can carry more in some years than in others. Some factors limiting animal populations are the availability of water, food, cover and space." Some people try to help wild animals by making pets out of them, but Cox counseled against this be- cause efforts todo so are generally unsuccessful and never good for the animal involved. Captive ani- mals can seldom be successfully reintroduced to the wild. Rather, they often become nuisances or even dangerous because they have lost their natural fear of people. "Problems arise when people jump to conclusions upon seeing a baby wild animal seemingly all alone. The best thing to do is walk away and leave them alone. If an animal is in immediate danger from automobiles or other hazards, simply move it out of harms way and leave. Mother Nature is better prepared to take care of her young than any of us are." Cox said. 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