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Outdoors / Operation Game Thief: 1-800-992-3030 Operation Cal- Tip: 1-800-952-400 Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, November 27, 1997 23 Steiner takes top honors at 1997 Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition On November 6, Robert Steiner's acrylic por- trait of a male barrow's goldeneye was chosen over 379 other entries to become the design or the 1998-99 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conser- vation Stamp, better known as. the Duck Stamp. Steiner is a professional artist who owns his own print publishing company. He paints primarily waterfowl and retrievers, although he Sometimes paints other subjects. Barrow's goldeneyes are found chiefly in Alaska and western Canada. Breeding areas also include the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, Wash- ington and California, and the Idaho, Montana and Wyoming Rockies. In the West, they winter along the Pacific Coast from the Aleutians to San Francisco and in the East, along the coasts of southwestern Greenland, Newfoundland andNew England populations in ] Barrow's Iceland. The male Barrow's black-and-white bird is an irregular white patch between the eye and bill, whida is gray. The female has a brownish head, white neck and belly, mottled gray back and wings, and yellow bill. As the name suggests, the eyes of both male d female Barrow's and feed mollusks and crustaceans. . : The Interior De pent's U.S, Fished Wild- life Service sponsdrS the annual DuckStamp Art Competition to choose the desi ing initiated in : ing" Darling designed the first Duck Stamp following "user pay" legislation supported by waterfowl hunters and conservationists, who were alarmed by wa- terfowl declines during the Dust Bowl Era. Duck Stamps bearing this year's winning de- sign will go on sale at Post Offices, national wildlife t'efuges, the Peabody hotels in Memphis and Orlando, national retail chain stores and vari- ous sporting-goods stores nationwide July 1, 1998. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for con- serving, protecting and enhancing fish and wild- life and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages 511 national wildlife refugescovering 92 million acres, as well as 67 national fish hatcheries. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, manages migratory bird populations, restores na- tionally significant fisheries, conserves and re- stores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, adminis- ters the Endangered Species Act and helps for- eign governments with their conservationefforts. Amargosa Toad ifnportant habitat on public lands are inthe plan- ning process. I Sehure of illegal fish in Reno by David K. Rice A phone call to Division of Wiidlife's Operation Game Theif hotline has resulted in the seizure of three illegal and potentially harmful fish--two northern pike and one spotted gar. Acting on the telephone tip, NDOW Game Warden, David Patula, con- tacted a Reno resident who was holding the fish in 150 gallon aquaria as pets. The man, who was very cooperative accord- ing to Patula, was not aware that possession of the fish was illegal. The man, whose identity was not released, was cited for unlawful possession of the fish, a misdemeanor vio- lation. Four live sunfish, designated as game fish in the state, were also seized. They are said to have come from a pond near Portola, Calif. Patula explained that certain species of wildlife, including many fish spe- cies, pose potential harm to fish, wildlife or livestock, and are officially listed as illegal to possess or bring into the state. All species of gars are listed as illegal because of the potential harm they pose to more desirable fish in Nevada waters. They can reach a maximum size of three feet, and come equipped with an extended mouth full of sharp teeth they use to catch and eat large numbers of fish. The two northern pike seized in this case were taken at Davis Lake last spring, according to the defendant. The spotted gar was obtained several years ago from a friend in California. Although northern pike are found in a few waters in the state, they are illegal to import and possess alive. A vora- cious predator, they also pose a threat to nearly all other fish species and have only been released by NDOW into certain waters, according to Patula. "The recent eradication of north- ern pike in nearby Davis Lake and Frenchman Reservoir seems to have made people more aware of the po- tential threat some species of fish pose if they get established in the wrong waters," Patula advised. NDOW has found that people fre- quently tire of feeding and taking care of exotic wildlife, and rather than turn them in or have them euthanized, release them into the wild. Patula said that anyone who has illegal fish in their possession have been granted a one-month "grace period", and won't be cited by NDOW if they contact NDOW and turn in the fish by December 31. Information on turning in illegal fish, or additional infor- mation regarding illegal fish and wildlife species in the state may be obtained by calling NDOW offices in Reno, Fallon, Elko and Las Vegas. BLM publishes technical amendments to Mining rule The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published technical corrections to a 1996 rule dealing with the use and occupancy of mining claims on BLM-managed lands. Among other things, the corrections clarify that the regula- tions apply to both lode and placer mining claims. This amendment responds to an assertion of some placer miners that the BLM's 1996 use-and-occupancy rule does not apply to placer mining, a contention that the BLM rejects. Placer mining is mining for minerals in glacial, alluvial or marine deposits, while lode mining seeks miner- als that have not weathered out or been displaced from their original environment. "The technical amendments published will clarify cer- tain issues that have arisen since the BLM published its use- and-occupancy rule last year," said newly confirmed BLM Director Pat Shea. "We are publishing these amendments to ensure that all interested parties clearly understand the provisions of the 1996 rule and understand why we are enforcing this rule in a particular manner." The basic intent of the use-and-occupancy rule is to give BLM managers the administrative tools they need to stop persons from illegally occupying BLM-managed lands on mining claims they are using for non-mining purposes. The technical corrections to the 1996 rule, published in the Federal Register, also clarify that occupants living in structures on public lands that violate State or local housing codes may be subject to an order to immediately suspend their activities. This corrects a cross-referencing error in the 1996 rule. The rule inadvertently omitted violations of State and local codes from the list of circumstances that may cause the BLM to issue an immediate suspension order. The 1996 rule that the BLM is correcting does not affect any individual who is engaged in a legitimate mining opera- tion on BLM-managed land. The rule forbids BLM mining claimants from illegally residing on or running unautho- rized non-mining businesses on BLM-managed lands. The original rule, published on July 16, 1996, was prompted by non-mining uses of BLM mining claims by "squatters," including some who over the years illegally built saloons, hunting lodges and fishing camps on BLM public lands. In more recent years, some persons have set up illegal drug labs or reprocessed hazardous materials on BLM public lands, abuses that the BLM is working to stop. The rule requires that a BLM mining claimant's use and occupancy must relate to prospecting or exploration, mining or processing operations, or other land uses that are reason- ably related to such activities. To obtain a copy of the corrections to the 1996 rule, please call your state BLM office or check the BLM's home page on the internet (www.blm.gov). You may also check with the BLM's Washington, D.C., Solid Minerals Group at (202) 452-0350. Fishing Report by C,off SchneMer Nevada Division of WUde LAKE MEAD - Striped bass weighing up to 15 pounds have been caught by boaters during the past week while shore angling continues to produce only sporadic action. Open water from Pyramid Island to the Hemenway Wall contin- ues to be productive for trollers. Several boaters have reported connecting with large fish in that area. Other good areas for stripers are Rogers Bay and Las Vegas Wash. Shore anglers are having some success at night at Hemenway Harbor. LAKE MOHAVE - Large striped bass are being caught by boaters in front of Cottonwood Cove. A 26- pound striper was reeled in Friday, November 21 and one weighing 17 pounds was taken on Saturday, November 22. The best method for catching big stripers has been by trolling AC plugs. Two shore anglers reported having success by casting the lures. Boaters who are drifting baits are catching stripers in the 13-inch range. Owl's point and Six Mile Cove are still the better areas for small stripers. Willow Beach will be stocked with 4,000 rainbow trout Wednes- day, November 26. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR - Trout fishing has been slow because of cool water temperatures. Campers are advised to expect cold weather with the thermometer plunging into the 20s. On Monday, November 24 the Nevada Division of Wildlife stocked 10,000 rainbow trout that measured six to seven inches. The small fish should grow to around 10 inches by the spring fishing season. ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR - Fishing has generally been slow. However, a few rainbow trout and an occasional crappie have been appearing in the catch. SCHROEDER RESERVOIR - The Nevada Division of Wild- life plans to use a helicopter next week to stock the lake with 4,000 small rainbow trout. The fish should be around 10 inches in size by spring. Fishing has been fair to good for small rainbows in the stream below the lake. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA - Fishing is now slow as water temperatures have plunged to the low 40s.