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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, November 13, 1967
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On Big Lake Racoon Program Beneficial One (Editor's Note: This Is one la a series of articles on game management being written by Bob.Brown, manager at Big Lake.) One of the most controversial subjects to arise in and around the refuge in quite some time has been the recent poisoning of raccoons. Almost everyone who he heard of the operation has expressed an opinion and most often this response has been negative. A local newspaper, in commenting on the subject recently, concluded that the activity was an "official error" on the part of the refuge and inferred that it was brought to a halt by .one of. Arkansas', congressmen. This,statement could not be more inaccurate and-is typical of the confusion which has existed, We all recognized before the operation was initiated that such a distasteful and harsh method of control would meet with this type, of response. There were, however, a combination of factors and circumstances which left us no alternative, and although the criticism has been unduly harsh ,it is accepted. After the Sand Slough Dam washed out iri 1964, conditions In the 6,000 odd acres of refuge swamps were altered to favor the expansion of an already large raccoon population. The timbered areas which had been flooded .most of the year were now dry except.for brief periods. This enabled raccoons to roam about freely, to feed and to prosper. They dii In 1965, corn crops-on and near the refuge were beginning to take a severe beating. Checks of these fields revealed that 50% of the crop was being destroyed. The abundant number of raccoons was being noted elsewhere too. Th.e refuge, although it protects all species of wildlife, was established for the benefit of waterfowl. All funds and management activities are directed toward this end. All other wildlife species must be compata- ble with this objective.' When they begin to create problems that seriously impair the ability of the refuge to accomplish ils objective then steps must be taken to restore the balance. The refuge has traditionally Served as a winter feeding and resting place for migrating waterfowl. Since the late 40s food has always been a problem for ducks in this area. The refuge recently has been making significant progress toward increasing the number of wood ducks through nesting. Because 80% of all ducks currently nest in Canada where drought and wetland drainage is continually reducing the amount of nesting space, it is important that as much nesting be created in this country as possible. Although Big Lake will probably never be able to produce mallards, it may very well become one of the most Important wood duck producers in the country. The wood duck is important fo the hunters of Arkansas since it ranks as the second most bagged duck. In some Southern states it is the most important duck in the bag. Predators are the primary limiting factor in this area. . Considerable work has been done here artificial nest boxes equipped with predator guards. A completely effective guard, however, is not yet to be found. Out of 50 nests started last year over half were destroyed or deserted. Young wood ducks emerge from their nest the day after hatching and it is estimated nearly half of those successfully hatched here do not survive to flight stage. It is easy to see that if half of the nests started are never finished and nearly half of the ducklings from those that are never live long enough to fly, predators are harvesting considerably more than" the hunters. '. . When it became apparent that steps were needed to reduce the size'of the raccoon population, the refuge drew up a plan proposing that a special permitted .during .the month of September 1966. This plan was submitted through channels and subsequently approved by the Central Office of the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and 'Wildlife located in Washington, D. C. After -the refuge received., word that the hunt was approved the proposal was submitted to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission who must.act on it .since if was to be held outside of their regular state season. ._:... ' We recommended that the state hunting area adjacent to us be opened at the same time so that the refuge would not be resaturated by a movement from the area. The commission did not act on the request. Although no reason was given for not'acting; on the' hunt, the .fault rests with the refuge. We did not communicate effectively and [he commission did not fully understand our needs. The hunt was killed for the year. The raccoon population continued to grow. The refuge was now faced with a difficult decision. Could we wait another year without doing .something and try to get another hunt? What would happen if we did wait? Another nesting season would elapse before ..there was a reduction. Wood ducks which have been driven from natural cavities by predators may now become dis. couraged by the continued invasion .. of .the nesting-boxes which they were accepting eagerly. Factors may intervene again and prevent another hunt from being held. Even with a hunt it may not be possible to significantly reduce the number of raccoons in the areas where control is needed. We knew that with the size of the area and the-number of raccoons involved we could never give up on holding a hunt. But we also knew with all the factors involved it would be fallacy to depend upon a hunt to solve the problem. The decision was made to proceed with a control measure within the area where most duck nesting was taking place. This involved an area of approximately 700 acres. Bureau biologists again came in, -viewed the situation and recommended that we proceed with the control. Bureau predator .control experts were dispatched from Little Rock to supervise the operation. The method selected was to use eggs injected with strychnine and placed on the ground. Each egg was marked with a Ira Young Harrison Cagers Looking Ahead ; By Frank Ellis ' Courier News Sports Editor Ira Young, basketball coach and athletic director at Harrison High School, has begun serious drills for the forthcoming cage season. The first regularly scheduled clash is Saturday 'high't' when the Dragons host Augusta'in what will be the 'start of a long season which Young'hopes will-.culminate in an even better record than last year's 2(1-8 mark. Young welcomed 127 young men at the start of drills on iMov- I. That number will be trimmed drastically before play gets underway. He plans' to use 15 men on each of His senior and 'junior high squads while carrying ten yellow streamer and was checked periodically to determine the results. Only a few raccoons were found and the operation determined to be moderately successful. There were never any squirrels found dead. Most of the criticism which has been directed toward the refuge for this operation has come from persons who had not bothered to check with the management to find out what was laking place. It was charged that the refuge was attempting to annihi- ate the raccoon on Big Lake. if we had wanted to do this :he most efficient way would lave been to do nothing at all. Wild animal populations as large as this one invariably have a disease break out in epidemic proportion that will eliminate he population down to the last animal. Some of these diseases, one being rabies, are infectious o man. Had the refuge popu- ation become infected with such a disease it would have spread -to the state hunting area with the same results. FARM FOR SALE 160 Acr« Form Located 8 Mi lei North of Blytheville. Has Been Leveled for Irrigation and Hai Deep Well Located in Center of Farm. Cotton Allotment of 50.2 Acres. Priced to Sell and Loan Available. Tom Little Realty Co. 120 N. 2nd St. Ph. PO 2-2323 Russell K. Marr, Salesman, Ph. PO 3-3355 on the junior varsity team. All members of last year's senior squad have returned and the experience should be quite helpful in improving last year's strong showing. Seniors returning include John Davis, 6-3, Cubie Dixon, 6-5. 'Walt Coffee, C-6, and Ira!King, according to Young, "the baby of the group," at 5-8. "He is pretty quick and should come into his own this year," Young said of King. Junior Otha Riggins at 6-7 and Frank Jefferson, 6-2 also return and Young is counting on them as well. "I look for tremendous help from Johnny Riggs, Willie Washington and Dennis Johnson (all sophomores) as well as from Juniors Larry Jackson who is showing promise and from Seniors Winston Turner and James Fowler, both of whom are jumping real well," Young added. "We anticipate all the teams will be tough. It seems they all shoot for Blytheville and we will have to be at our best to equal last year's mark,'- the coach said. "Our first opponent has everything back, and we look for a tough game since we beat them by only two points here last season. "We play Leachville early too and I have lots of respect fo Coach Widner and his teams. Young noted that the schoo will again sponsor its own in vitational tournament in Dec ember with Forrest City, Wil son, Osceola, Frenchman's Bay ou, Marion, Boys. Trainin School and West Memphis join ing the Dragons in the one-da; affair. The athletic director state) that tickets for ail home game may be purchased at the prin cipal's office or at the door on Football Scores By THE ASSOCIATED PUESS East Army 22, Ulah 0 Virginia Mil. 26, Boston Col 13 Colgate 38, Bucknell 0 Dartmouth 13, Columbia 7 Brown 14, Cornell 14, tie Princeton 45, Harvard 6 Massachusetts 30, Rutgers 7 Penn St. 13, North Carolin; St 8 Notre Dame 38, Pittsburgh 0 Syracuse 41, Holy Cross 7 Villanova 41, Buffalo 23 Yale 44, Penn 22 Vordham 33, Manhattan 7 Waynesburg 61, Westminster 7 Sbulh Auburn 36, Mississippi St 0 Clemson 28, Maryland 7 Duke 35, Navy 16 Florida 17, Georgia 16 Richmond 20, Citadel 3 Tennessee 35, Tulane 14 Kentucky 12, Vanderbilt 7 Virginia 40, No. Carolina 17 West Virginia 16, Wm & Mary 16, tie Florida St. 38, Virginia Tech 15 Cincinnati 13, uLoisville 0 . Houston 35, Memphis St 18 Alabama 7, Louisiana St 6 Eastern Kentucky 37, Youngstown 12 Louisiana - Teen 41, Lamar Tech 31 . Midwest Michigan 21, Illionis 14 Oklahoma 52, Iowa St 14 Indiana 14, Michigan St 13 Missouri 28, Kansas St 6 Nebraska 9, Oklahoma St 0 Northwestern 39, Iowa 24' Ohio St 17, Wisconsin 15 Purdue 41, Minnesota 12 Wake Forest 31, Tulsa 24 Western Mich. 18, Xavier, Ohio i Northern Mich. 25, No. Dakota 14 Southwest Arkansas 23, Rice 9 • • Tex. Christian 16, Tex. Tech 0 Texas 24, Baylor 0 Arlington St 16, Arkansas St Indians Lose Another One 14 Trinity, Tex., Christian 7 20; Abilene the night of the games. Ella Davis will coach the girls team. The Dragonettes' first game is Dec. 2 at Brinkley. On home dates, the girls' games will begin at 6 p.m., prior to the boy's junior varsity battle. JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) Arkansas State University's Mike Everett missed a 46-yard field goal in the final minutes as the Indians dropped a 16-14 decision to the University of Texas at Arlington, the sixth- ranked team in the Associated Press small college division. J Courier !f«w» — Jfondsy, Jf<H«nfc*r It, ttHf — figt Bf«vM on a four-yard run. ASU fullback Steve Ganklewlcz plunged one-yard to cap a 75-yard drive'• and tie the game. * Butler's first, field goal gava.; Arlington a 10-7 halftimc advari-- lagc. He added his other twd™ field goals before Frank Me- Guigan scored From the one to '. climax a 64-yard drive. Arlington ASU -. The loss ruined any Southland Conference title hopes the Indians might have entertained. UTA kicking specialist, sophomore Skipper Butler, scored 10 points on field goals of 27, 36 and 42 yards and one extra point. Arlington quarterback Mitce Baylor put the Rebels in front First Downs 15 18 Rushing Yardage 157 96 Passing .Yardage 146 165,. 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