Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 24, 1975 · Page 43
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August 24, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 43

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August 24,1975 S *i First Bear Gives Boost to New Law ASftVK£OfMT-STOf»L SCOTTi MUFFLERS The trapping and removing of a sheep-killing bear from Randolph County late last week was a landmark event in efforts to prevent the state animal from sliding into extinction. It was the first bear trapped under the new law that was passed by the 1974 Legislature, and as such must have been particularly satisfying to the Department of Natural Resources and Sen. Dick Benson. D-Randolph. Benson was the author of the 1974 bill and. along with Sen. Carl Gainer, D-Nicholas. was its prime mover through the legislature. Benson has kept a close eye on 1 the working of the bill and was recently critical of the DNR for having permitted at least one sheep-killing bear to be chased and killed before the trapper arrived. But trapping a bear, particularly a sheep-killing rogue, isn't an easy matter. WOODS WATERS By Skip Johnson and the DNR trappers and conservation officers suffered through several near- misses before catching the first one last week, a 200-pound male on the Hugh Thompson farm near Sully, Randolph County. This bear had been credited, rightly or wrongly, with killing 21 sheep and a 10-day-old calf. The carcass of his latest sheep kill lured him into a culvert-type trap that had been set by DNR trapper Kay Hefner of French Creek. Hefner and Randolph County conservation officer Sgt. Kenny Painter set snare traps at first, and the bear returned two consecutive nights but managed to elude the snares. Ajammed door on the culvert trap probably prevented the bear from being caught one night, but he was nabbed the next night. Painter said the bear showed no alarm when il was transported out of the area in the trap. "He just kept chewing on the portion of sheep that had been used as bait." said Painter. The trapping of the bear was as satisfying to the Randolph and Pocahontas County conservation officer as it was to state trapper Hefner. The officers in those two counties have worked exceptionally hard at making the bear law successful and their efforts are paying off. The bear was transported to the DNR Operations Center at Elkins and was later moved to the 9,000-acre Big Ugly Public Hunting Area in Lincoln County where there isn't any sheep. The bear should be able to survive on nuts, berries and other foods that bears like, which includes practically anything that a hog will eat. DNR game chief Dan Cantner believes there are several areas in Southern West Virginia which are remote enough to satisfy bears. Anyway, Friday's successful trapping is symbolic of a new approach that is being taken toward bears in West Virginia, at least on the part of the DNR and some sheep-owners. According to conservation officers, most sheep-owners are willing to give the new law a try, and why shouldn't they since they will be paid for damages? For its part, the DNR is anxious to protect the remaining bear population in West Virginia, whkch has dimished in recent years because of loss of habitat and persecution. The main question as far as this particular bear is concerned is this: Can a sheep- killing bear from Randolph County find happiness on Big Ugly Public Hunting Area in Lincoln County? Hopefully, yes. and now occupy an area of 40 to 45 square miles. Their population has also apparently increased, although he isn't sure how much. The hogs were stocked on Spruce-Laurel Creek, a remote area owned primarily by Westmoreland Coal Co. Igo said the DNR is considering a bo- whunting season on the hogs, but that nothing definite has been decided. MUFHER/TNLPIPE BOTHRW GUARANTEED Hogs Are Thriving Bill Igo, a Charleston native who spent the summer of 1972 studying the wild boars that were stocked in Boone and Logan Counties, recently checked on the hogs and found them doing well. "I think we have a wild population established," said Igo, who has been working for the DNR through a federally-financed program since early this year. He said the hogs have spread slightly * * * Turkey Broods Are Up A preliminary look at wild turkey brood reports indicates favorable production in the high mountain counties of West Virginia this year, according to game biologist Jim Evans of Fairmont. Evans had some other good news, including a rapidly increasing deer herd and a bottoming out of the ruffed grouse decline. Trophy deer hunters should seek inaccessible areas. Evans suggests, including Cheat Canyon near Kingwood, Otter Creek near Elkins, Blackwater Canyon near Davis and Cabin Mountain, also near Davis. He recommends Backbone Mountain and Canaan Valley for bowhunters. Here They Go A gain Bill Myers and his Jackalope Club will travel to Arkansas and New Mexico this November, but prior to that Myers will take a busload of newcomers to Wyoming for mule deer hunting. The Jackalope Club was formed six years ago and its members have traveled by converted school bus to Wyoming four times and last year on a 10,000-mile journey to Alaska. Making the Wyoming trip on Oct. 1 will be Clyde Thompson, Simon Green, Yule Tyler, Jim Pennybaker, Charles Sutler. Paul H u f f m a n , Charles Hartwell. Dan Price and George Lewis, all of Charleston; Jim Earheart of Mill Creek; and Myers of Elkview. Myers, Thompson, Green, Price and Earheart all work for the Korger Co., and the group will slop off in Indianapolis to have breakfast with a Kroger executive there. SCOTTi MUFFLER INSTALLED IN 30 MINUTES i/tt* muffler eipvts ' l l l S [ 0 " i « u l l l l [ I M I R S n C 1. FULL METAL THICKNESS for corrosion and rust resistance. 2. DOUBLE-CRIMPED. LOCKED- SEAMS for positive seal against fume leaks. CUSTOM BENDING We custom bend on premises Exhaust tail pipe systems to fit all U.S. cars regardless of make or age CALLUS! SCOTTi i MUFFLER CtNTER call the experts, 1 locations 342-2846 i 744-6621 Plus East 23gMacCorUta. Morris Slsnis Sis. I Sg. Chas. Driver Steers Powerboat on Jarring Ride Across Lake Boats Like This Will Race in West Virginia Water Festival Canoes, Powerboats To Race Near Hinton In Water Festival I Lowe's Sale For All Seasons HINTON - The llth annual West Virginia Water Festival here on Labor Day weekend will include canoe races on Sunday. Aug. 31. and Monday, Sept. 1, festival sponsors announced. The canoeists will race along a seven- mile course on New River from Bluestone Dam to Brooks Falls. Scheduled for Sunday are a C-2 men's race and a C-2 women's race, while on Monday a C-2 mixed race and C-2 junior race will be held. Juniors cannot be over 16 years of age. Contestants must use standard open canoes without decking and must wear Coast Guard-approved life Jackets. Canoes must be paddled across all finish lines with contestants Inside the canoes. They can use single boat paddles only., Four canoes from the races to be held Saturday. Aug. 30, on the Kanawha River at Charleston will also be raced in the Hin- ton events. The remaining canoeists at Charleston are invited to participate here. it * * WATER FESTIVAL sponsors disclosed that they were the successful bidder for the stock outboard national races in 1976. They will be held here during the second week of August. The nationals were last held here in 1969 and attracted approximately 500 entrants. Outboard racing scheduled at this year's festival will Include runabout, stock hydro and outboard hydro classes. The powerboats will race on Bluestone Lake near Bluestone State Park and Pipestem State Park next Saturday through Monday. Sept. 1. High banks overlooking Bluestone Lake along West Virginia Rt. 20 will provide a perfect spot for spectators to enjoy the three days on boat races. Parachute jumping will be held next Sunday and Monday. r i Certain times of the year are best (or buying certain items. That's true at Lowe's, too. But this time of year is special. We're having our Sale For All Seasons. We have terrific late-season closeouts on hot weather items like air conditioners ... super pre-season values on cold-weather items ... plus outstanding buys on year 'round products such as washers and dryers. That's what we mean by a Sale For All Seasons. Look over this page and see what we mean. You'll find Lowe's is your store for all seasons. Pearson Tops Field For Michigan Race BROOKLYN, Mich. ( A P ) - David Pearson, the acknowledged master of Michigan International Speedway, leads the field for Sunday's 400-mile NASCAR Grand National stock car race. Pearson, winner of more than $1.3 million in his 15-year career, toured the two- mile oval he calls his favorite at a speed of 159.798 miles an hour in qualifying Saturday. Pearson's Wood Brothers Mercury was more than a half mile an hour faster than Buddy Baker, who snared the other front row starting spot in the $100,000 race. Driving a Ford, Baker, the winner last week in the Talladega 500, turned a top circuit at 159.232 m.p.h. Engine Losses Mount The qualifying session was discouraging for Dave Marcis, whose Dodge had been the fastest in practice. In a prequalifying warmup, Marcis' engine lost a mount and he was forced to wait and qualifying for one of the final 16 spots in the 36ar lineup. Hunter Safety Course Offered A course on hunter safety will be offered by the South Charleston Community Education Center beginning Tuesday. Sept. 16. and continuing for the next two Tuesdays. The classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Spring Hill Junior High School and are free to the public. Sgt. Donald Dillon of the law enforcement division of the Department of Natural Resources will be the instructor. Certification in hunter safety is required by several states before they will issue a license to non-residents. 4 To register. "The speeds of the first 20 qualifiers were a difference of only seven miles an hour from Pearson's fast time to the slowest man, setting up one of the most competitive battles yet at this highly competitive layout. "I'd have to say this is my favorite track," said Pearson, who has won five of the last six races here for the Wood broth ers. Pearson won once before here in 1969 driving for somebody else, and Cale Yar borough won twice when driving for the Woods in 1969 and 1970. Yarborough in 4th Row Yarborough. who won the pole position in a Chevrolet for the race here in June, had to settle for a slower qualifying speed Saturday than he had hoped. He will start in the fourth row. Behind Pearson and Baker will be A.J. Foyt in a Chevrolet and Richard Petly's Dodge. Behind them are Bobby Allison in a Matador and Coo Coo Martin's Chevrolet. Foyt, with a qualifying speed of 159.091 m p.h., was the only other qualifier to top 159. "I predicted that it would take at least 159.2 to take the pole," Pearson said. ''It was nice and cool, with not a lot of wind when I qualified, so the speed was even a little better than I thought il was going to be. "When we were here in June, il was a lot hotter and the track hadn't been run on since last fall, so Cale was able to win the pole going 158." Pearson forecast another close race, especially with the appearance of Foyt. an Indianapolis circuit regular who runs the Southern slock car circuit with infrequency. 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