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Outdoors / Operation Game Thief: 1-800-992-3030 Operation Cal- Tip: 1-800-952-5400 Pahruma Vallev Gazette, Thursday, December 11, 1997 23 Bighorn sheep back home in the Delamars by C. Douglas Nielsen More than 20 years after being identified as a high priority release site for desert bighorn sheep, the Delamar Mountain Range in Lincoln County has finally received its first shipment of the elusive ani- mals. Underthe watchful eye of Nevada Division of Wildlife (NDOW) biologists, 19 sheep - four young rams and 15 ewes - scrambled from a transport trailer and into their new home. "This is a big step forward for our sheep program," said Craig Stevenson, NDOW biologist. ''We have been working for many years, laying the necessary groundwork, so we could begin the process ofreesb- lishing a resident population of bighorn sheep in.this  range." The 19 sheep were transplanted from the River Mountains located between Henderson and Lake Mead, nearly 100 miles froha the release area. Prior to being moved, each animal wastested for parasites and diseases which might create problems teron. "Eventually we would like to seeween 200 arid 250 sheep in this area," said Stevenson.-VIt may take 15 to 20 years to reach that goal, but if con&tlons are right it may happen sooner." According to Stevenson, the Delamar Range pro- vides excellent bighorn habitat and has probably always done so. Historical and archaeological e(i-  dence seems to support his thoughts. There are numer- ous anecdotal accounts of the animal's presence, and depictions of bighorn cabefoAzaerican Indian petroglyph sites throughout thearea, he said. "Not long after the settlers' arrival,.bighom popu- lations began to dwindle as livestock and land use practices significantly altered the animal's habitat. Water then became the limiting factor as natural water sources were piped off or dried ups" said Butch Padilla, supervising habitat biologist. In addition to the lack of fresh water supplies, unregulated hunting by early Nevada residents also took its toll on the overall sheep populations. In 1974, NDOW identified the Delamar Range as a priority ielease site in the agency's plan for reestab- lishing bighorn sheep populations throughout the state. However, before sheep could be released, the area's water problem had to be resolved. "The main factor holding up the reintroduction of sheep was the lack of natural water sources in the Delamars. Therefore, we had to build water develop- ments before beginning the reintroduction process," explained Stevenson. NDOW began laying the paperwork foundation for the necessary water developments during the 1980s, but the status of the Delamar Range as a Wilderness Study Area slowed the process signifi- cantly. Approval for proposed water developments was long in coming, with final approval being given by the Bureau of Land Management early this year. Once the projects were approved, however, on November 25, NDOW moved quickly. By the end of April, with the assistance of volunteers from local sportsmen's organizations, two 7,000-gallon water developments were completed and ready for water. There are probably far more," Stevenson said. , r .... J Caring for Christmas Trees Live Christmas trees need extra tender loving care, says University of Nevada, Reno Coop- erative Extension horticulturist Dick Post. "Basically, the popular evergreens, such as spruce and pine, don't like to be inside during the wintertime," Post says. "We recommend that you wait until a few days before Christmas to bring your live tree into the living room, and then don't leave it inside for more than a week." The Alberta spruce, a bushy, conical-shaped tree, is a good in- side tree candidate because of its deep green color and slow- growing nature, Post says. Two optmns are houseplants: the Norfolk Island pine, a star-like indoor plant that need's lots of sun; and the fern pine, a narrow- shaped plant that grows trouble free year- round. Water the tree in its con- tainer with ice cubes to keep the roots cool and the soil moist, Post advises. Don't put the tree in front of heating vents or next to the fireplace or other heat source, he says. Use miniature lights on the tree as they don't produce so much heat and won't break the tree's dormancy. When you plant your tree outside after the holi- days, put it in a protected spot in the shade and mound mulch it up over the root ball and container. Water frequently during the winter months .... If you decide $o purchase a cut tree, here are tips from Post to keep the tree fresh and your house safe from fire: Keep the butt end standing in a container of water. Refill the container daily with hot (105-degree) water. Support the tree well and keep it away from fireplaces, radiators, television sets or other heat sources. Place the tree so it's not blocking a fire exit. Lighted candles or other open flames should not be used on or near the tree. Check electric lights and connec- tions, and watch for worn, frayed wires or electric cords. Don't overload electric cir- cuits. Avoid com- bustible decorations, inflammable reflectors of colored lights, metal foil icicles and tinsel. When you leave the house, turn off three lights. After Christmas, remove the tree im- mediately when it gets dry. For questions, call Post at (702) 747-2404, or Bill Carlos at (702) 784-4848. Free Conservation Trees booklet available The National Arbor Day Foundation has published a Conservation Trees booklet which is available to the public free of charge. The Conservation Trees booklet uses colorful pho- tos and illustrations and easy-to-understand descrip- tions to help people plant and care for conservation trees. The contents of the guide include: * How to use shade trees and windbreaks to save energy in your home. * How to attract songbirds to your yard. * How to save trees during construction. * How to save topsoil and help farm profits with shelterbelts. * The right way to plant trees. * The right way to prune trees. "The National Arbor Day Foundation's Conserva- tion Trees program encourages Americans to plant, manage and preserve trees to conserve soil, energy, water, wildlife and the atmosphere," John Rosenow, the Foundation's president said. "The Conservation Trees brochure is a central part of this educational project. It serves as a useful guide for people in all areas, whether they live in America's largest cities or in the country." For your free booklet, send your name and address to: Conservation Trees, The National Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City, NE 68410. Fishing Report by Geoff Schneider Nevada Division of Wildlife LAKE MEAD - Striped bass fishing took a nosedive last week and anglers are now struggling to catch one or two fish, according to the Nevada Divi- sion of Wildlife (NDOW). A few stripers have been caught at Government Wash, Las Vegas Wash and by trolling in the Muddy River area. Otherwise, fishing has been extremely difficult. Largemouth bass fishing has also slowed as the fish appear to be moving to deep water. Channel catfish continue to be caught at night in coves. LAKE MOHAVE - Fishing has been good for striped bass at Cottonwood Cove and for rainbow trout at Willow Beach. On Saturday, December 6, a boater reeled in a striper that tipped the scales at 31 1/2 pounds. The fish was caught while trolling a homemade lure across the lake from Cottonwood Cove. Boaters are having no trouble catching small strip- ers in the Cottonwood area. Those fish are being taken by drifting withanchovies. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR - Most of the lake is free of ice and trout fishing has been slow. Evening temperatures have been plunging to the teens at the state park. ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR - Fishing has been extremely slow. The lake is still free of ice.. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGE- MENT AREA - Ice has been forming on the lakes at night, but disappears as the morning temperatures rise. Fishing has been slow on all of the lakes. SCHROEDER RESERVOIR . Last week the NDOW used a helicopter to stock the lake with five- inch rainbow trout. The fish should grow to approxi- mately nine to 10 inches by Memorial Day.