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Wolves could control elk herds

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Other solutions are being discussed for Rocky Mountain National Park.By Allen Bestspecial to the dailyGRAND LAKE – The number of elk in Rocky Mountain National Park is hardly natural. Population growth is unchecked by wolves, which long ago were exterminated, and by human hunters, who are banned from the park. The elk are now causing damage to vegetation and affecting other creatures.The National Park Service is now considering several options for reducing the elk herd, one of them reintroducing 14 to 20 wolves. Also being considered is shooting some elk or conducting fertility control.In reporting the story, the Sky-Hi News explained that a “reversible fertility control agent using a time-released compound to effectively inhibit reproduction in cow elk for multiple years” would be used.Wolves get a taste of beef at Grand Teton

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is busy trying to keep the wolves from killing cattle in Grand Teton National Park. The wildlife agents fired cracker shells and turned on bright lights after a wolf pack that took up residence in the park five years ago killed a 400-pound calf.While such techniques sometimes work in the short term, a wildlife agent told the Jackson Hole News & Guide, they have not worked in chronic situations. The cattle in this case happened to be on the way to where elk herds are located. As such, says Franz Camenzind, executive director of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, the cattle should be removed before the wolves get a taste for beef. “It’s like having a field trip every day with your third-graders, right through the middle of the candy store, and expecting them not to get addicted to candy,” he said. Meanwhile, the population of wolves centered in Yellowstone National Park, which is adjacent to Grand Teton National Park, continues to grow. By December there could be 850 wolves, a 10 percent increase from last year.Keep %$!*@!!! RVs quiet in national parksROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK- Not only snowmobiles should be regulated in national parks, says William Sarokin of Mount Cisco, N.Y., after returning from vacations from two parks located in Colorado, Rocky Mountain and Mesa Verde.”Hundreds of people were quietly enjoying two of the most beautiful campgrounds in the world, but the experience was marred by a few people with recreational vehicles constantly running their generators so that they could watch TV,” he writes in a letter published in The New York Times. “They made the parks seem like bus depots.”

Train blasts to cease through Winter Park WINTER PARK – Come December, some people should be sleeping better in Winter Park, a town and resort bisected by transcontinental railroad tracks. The town is really a product of the railroad, but as in such things, many newcomers never quite got accustomed to the sound of trains blaring a few dozen yards away. Several years ago, the town council got national attention when it passed a law prohibiting the blowing of horns by trains within the town limits. Citing concerns about the safety of motorists at crossings, the railroad ignored the law.But new regulations from the Federal Transportation Department allow concrete medians that make it impossible for impatient drivers of cars and trucks to wheel around the cross-bars at railroad crossings, exposing themselves to risk. Their construction, commencing in September, will allow the locomotive engineers to lay off their horns beginning in December, providing locals with what the Winter Park Manifest describes as “sweet relief.”Olympian joins those opposing Jumbo resort

INVERMERE, B.C. – Beckie Scott, an Olympic gold medalist in Nordic skiing at the 2002 Winter Games, has joined public opponents of a proposed ski resort at Jumbo Glacier. A decision on the $450 million project is several weeks away.”I have had the good fortune to travel the world through my sport,” she told the Invermere Valley Echo. “The one thing we have in Canada that is so rare everywhere else is wilderness and wildlife … Instead of trying to duplicate the highly developed European Alps, we should be protecting the natural resources that differentiate ‘SuperNatural B.C.’ from the rest of the world.”Local communities, which already have a variety of ski and other resorts, including Panorama, seem to be largely opposed to Jumbo Glacier. An exception is the village of Radium Hot Springs.Major ski area clears minor review hurdleREVELSTOKE, B.C. – Plans for a major international ski resort at Mount Mackenzie, adjacent to Revelstoke, seem to have cleared a minor hurdle. The regional district in which the ski resort would be located has given its OK based on several conditions. Among those conditions is that the resort be annexed into Revelstoke and that local waters be protected from the impacts of development, reports the Revelstoke Times Review.The resort proposal’s major hurdle, says editor Bob Barnett writing in Whistler’s Pique, is more a question of investment potential than government approval.


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