The Missoulian from Missoula, Montana on October 3, 1990 · 9
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MONTANA LrU r tote warts sa detd fate of wflwes Alissoulian WEDNESDAY October 3, 1990 IHSLINE O Deadline approaches ... Tuesday is the deadline for registering to vote. People who have never voted, have changed their address, or haven't voted for the past two years need to register with their county elections office by Oct. 9, so they'll be eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 elections. "We encourage everyone to vote," said Missoula County Elections Supervisor Wendy Cromwell. Cromwell encouraged anyone with questions about registration to call the elections office at 721 -5700 extension 3469: She said people who are going to be out of town on election day can get absentee ballots. County offices will be closed Monday for the Columbus Day holiday. Don Baty, Missoulian O Hunters warned of bears ... Grizzlies are abundant this fall in the Gravelly and Madison mountains of southwestern Montana. Thus this warning from the U.S, Forest Service to hunters: Keep a clean hunting camp. Never let garbage pile up. Never pull the trigger until you're sure of the target. Black bears can be hunted; grizzly bears cannot. Jack deGolia, a forester on the Beaverhead National Forest, said there has been a marked increase in grizzly sightings south of Ennis and west of the Madison River. ; Grizzlies also are frequently seen in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, just across the valley in the Madison Range. Sherry Devlin O TV show spotlights state case ... miles city A man who disappeared near Miles City will be the focus of a segment on the NBC show "Unsolved Mysteries" Wednesday. The segment was filmed last June in Great Falls and focuses on Dan Wilson, whose abandoned car was found along Interstate 94 in August 1988 Authorites have been searching for Wilson since. The segment features Custer County Sheriff Tony Harbaugh, who has been investigating the disappearance. Authorites say several people have reported seeing Wilson, and they believe he is still alive and may be trying to hide from his family. Associated Press Vicarious joy: Germans By DONNA SYVERTSON of the Missoulian As Germans in Missoula watch the reunification of their nation from afar, they see the excitement, but they see it tempered by the reality of the vast changes ahead. "There's an excitement there," said Wynn Hubrich, whose family fled East Germany when he was 8, "but I think the Western world outside Germany is more excited. The reason is that reality is hitting them. They're really facing some critical economic choices and decisions." East and West Germany reunited at midnight Tuesday. The two have been separated for 45 years, "It (the reunification) was going to happen sooner or later," said Klaus Schuhbauer, who came to America in 1963. The Germans in Missoula believe their countrymen are ready to get down to work and make their own choices. By SHERRY DEVLIN of the Missoulian Wolves should be managed not as the "prima dona of wildlife species," but as one component of Montana's "wildlife scene," the director of the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Tuesday. K.L. Cool said he wants the northern Rocky Mountain wolf taken off the federal endangered species list and placed in his agency's care, as are the state's healthy populations of deer, elk, bighorn sheep and moose. After years of self-imposed silence, the state game agency intends to "take its head out of the sand" and get involved in wolf management, Cool said. Under the Endangered Species Act, the federal Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for wolf recovery. . "Whether we like it or not, wolves are in Montana," Cool said. "It is absolutely necessary that the state have a voice in wolf management." Cool said the wolf is "a different character" than other endangered species because it is "such an active predator and has such potential for wildlife depredation." "Wolves have the capacity to dramatically affect i y ZANE PASMA cradles Billings, a 29-day-old Broadway. By GARY JAHRIQ of the Missoulian Never mind the kitty chow, when Zane Pasma's cats sit down to dinner there's nothing but meat on their minds. If the day's menu serves up 100 pounds of deer, elk, chicken, turkey or steak, the five adult felines in Pasma's "portable zoo" will devour every scrap. But slip in a side order of ground beef and you may have to answer to Bangles the 600-pound Bengal tiger. "They will not eat even 80 percent ground beef," Pasma said. "They'll eat totally green, rotten meat before they touch hamburger." Pasma arrived in Missoula Monday with a menagerie consisting of Bangles, two lions, a black panther, a spotted leopard, a baby leopard, a pig, a dog, a raccoon and a few goats and sheep. The Havre resident set "They've been over-advertising it and over-doing it," said West German Frank Wenz, a senior majoring in physics and math at the University of Montana. "They (the German people) want to get it over with and get on with the other things that need getting done." For Udo Fluck, a radio-TV major at the University of Montana, the reunification means a chance for the East Germans to decide their own lives. "It's really nice to see," he said. "They've lived 40 years in prison. That's what it basically was. "At least they'll have the choice of 'I want to live here or there' and that's a good thing," he added. About half the East German population faces the possibility of losing their jobs in the near future. That uncertainty mixes with an apprehension about their new political and economic situation, said Hubrich, Missoula's postmaster. Housing, insurance, employment, 1 "( . J hunter opportunities in this state," Cool said. "They should not be managed at the expense of other species, most notably deer, elk and bighorn sheep. They should not automatically win out over game animals." Ed Bangs, the federal Fish and Wildlife Service's project leader for wolf recovery in Montana, agreed that the state game agency can do the best job of wolf management "in the long run" after the species is off the endangered list. But federal biologists who answer to "the national public" are best left in charge of wolf recovery during the first push to re-establish 10 breeding pairs in the northern Rocky Mountains, he said. There currently are four breeding pairs, too few to guarantee the species' survival. Bangs said he welcomes the state's entry in wolf management talks. In years past, there have been too many misunderstandings and too much innuendo, he said. Now state and federal officials are on the telephone daily. Glenn Marx, natural resources aide to Gov. Stan Stephens, said state officials opted for the "decidedly different approach" after several Marion-area ranchers complained of wolf depredation on livestock. Those wolves were relocated; all eventually died. "We have wolves and we have to manage (See WOLVES, Page B-3) UUUUHIIIIipjIIHHP.W fs U, i$'tf:l ffV jkJMihJ'i . i leopard kitten, Tuesday at the traveling i Don't give these cats hamburger, bib and don't kick them off the couch up his traveling animal show in the 1200 block of West Broadway where he charges adults $1 and children SO cents to view his array of exotic creatures, which will be in Missoula until Sunday. "There's a lot of animals kids don't ever get to see," Pasma said Tuesday. "I was 25 before I ever saw a big cat." While Pasma doesn't believe Montana can support a permanent zoo, he does subscribe to the theory that a traveling animal show can be a hit in towns and cities throughout the state. However, in Pasma's first year of hauling his animals through Montana in an $8,000 pen on wheels, the self-proclaimed animal lover has run into a couple of roadblocks. Pasma's show, or circus as he calls it, was shut down in Billings on Sept. 5 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which revoked his temporary exhibitor's permit watch reunion rebuilding factories and solving environmental problems all loom in front of the Germans. It'll take, according to estimates from some of the Germans interviewed in Missoula, about 10 years to rebuild the east and mesh it with the west. Just as the Germans have apprehensions about the rapid transition, so to do many European countries who were victims of Germany's earlier aggression. But the Germans in Missoula don't think a similar event will occur. "The generation now wants peace, the good life," said Marianne Phelps, who married an American and moved here in 1954. "Times have changed," Fluck agreed. The Germans expect their country to emerge as a strong economic power. Already corporations are flooding into East Germany to build factories, Wenz said. But first the East Germans have to Government will keep tabs on 2 orphaned wolf pups By SHERRY DEVLIN of the Missoulian Six wolf pups orphaned in the Nine Mile Valley west of Missoula will have their whereabouts and fate documented this fall and winter, a federal official said Tuesday. Ed Bangs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's project leader for wolf recovery in Montana, said two of the pups have been trapped and fitted with radio collars. "We want to know the truth about what happens to these animals," Bangs said. "They are a public resource." Bangs said the wolves were snagged in modified leg-hold traps last week. One was a black, 46-pound female wolf; another was a gray, 56-pound male pup. Both were in good health and were given vitamin B and penicillin shots. The pups a litter of six born last spring in the Nine Mile have been on their own since the first week in September. The female wolf was shot early last summer. The male wolf was hit and killed on Interstate 90 just before Labor Day. Bangs said the pups "still are in the puppy stage" and are (See ., i 'J J, ilh, 'fin Vpfn jOhn ASnLETMistouiian animal show he has set up on West over concerns about public safety. Among the agency's concerns were a photo booth where Pasma allowed patrons to have their pictures taken with the big cats and complaints about animals that were chained up outside their cages. Some of the concerns in Billings apparently stemmed from an incident in Sidney on June 20 when a 7-year-old boy was bitten by the female leopard, Jasmine, who was chained up outside her pen. The boy received nine stitches. While Pasma maintains all but Bangles and Simba, the female lion, are tame, he no longer uses the photo booth and none of the cats are taken from their pens during operating hours. Despite the questions raised about his business, Pasma said no one has ever . doubted his devotion to the obviously well-kept animals in his care. from here learn to deal with choices. And not all West Germans are helping the cause, Fluck said. Some are gouging the East Germans, charging steeply-inflated prices for cars or apartments. Despite that, the Germans don't think it will take long to get the rebuilding program in place. "I would think in about two years, they'll have a blueprint ready," said Schuhbauer, the executive chef at the Village Red Lion. "And then all they'll need is people who are ready to work and they've got those." Meanwhile, the Germans in Missoula planned to tune in to their television sets to watch the celebration in Germany. "Maybe I'll have a bottle of champagne myself and think of all the people now as free as I was raised and grew up," Fluck said. "I feci happy for them to be able to make their own choices." III flJli v jk i,sli:e'5jr;."r..Jl.ii.i''w. W' .')''-: Wl ,!';'! -Ml M :S. -V r , VOUimmW- ""m,!.: R!r!!j. !V'i!, 1" ' 2tl II 0 ni:...v.-; i. : 1 mm,- PUPS, Page B-3) Admitted murderer is waffling By JOHN MacDONALD Associated Press HELENA The man who admitted murdering an Ovando couple in 1988 did not receive ade- quate counsel and should never have been sentenced to death, a Helena lawyer said in legal arguments filed with the Montana Supreme Court Tuesday. Michael Donahoe said Terry Allen Langford did not get adequate counsel because his original court-appointed lawyer failed to inform him of possible defenses against charges of murdering Ned and Celene Blackwood. Donahoe asked that Langford be allowed to retract his guilty plea and that the court rule the state's death penalty unconstitutional. Langford admitted the killings several days after being arrested and after authorities advised him of his legal rights. Donahoe argued that Lang-ford's original lawyer failed to tell him that his confession might not be admissible as evidence, because Langford had earlier told authorities he would not talk to them until after seeing a lawyer. Langford made his confession without a lawyer present. Langford pleaded guilty to the killings in January 1989 and asked for the death penalty. He later changed his mind and told the court he wanted to rescind his guilty plea and stand trial. The case is now before the state Supreme Court, which must determine if Langford will get a new trial. Donahoe also said in his written legal briefs that Langford's original lawyer, Conde MacKay, failed to inform Langford that he had the right to be evaluated by a defense psychiatrist, in addition to one retained by the court. Langford was evaluated at the state hospital at Warm Springs. The psychiatrist said Langford was not mentally deficient and was fit to stand trial. Donahoe said MacKay relied on the state's report when he advised Langford to plead guilty when he should have sought an independent psychiatrist. Donahoe also contends that the court relied on the psychiatrist's conclusions when it decided to sentence Langford to death. FOR GERMANS like Udo Fluck, a college student living In Missoula, the excitement Europeans feel as the German reunification draws near Is getting contagious. fc,,. !.,.. &; ,, ;,. ,Tif.iiiiiiiiiiiir---

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