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Page 14 Adams County Commissioners Continued from front page will look into purchas- can purchase food and ing a replacement supplies at the Boise rifle to give the local Costco store. resident. The Sheriff The meeting ended reported that there are with the swearing in currently seven State ceremony for Assessor of Idaho prisoners at Appointee Robin James. the facilities, and that James will serve the he is awaiting the county until the end assignment of seven of this year when an more later this week. elected Assessor will The Commissioners be chosen, James has declined to provide for announced her inten- a credit card so the tion to ru n for the office. Sheriffs Department Assessor James asked Wednesday, March 14, 2012 The Adams County Record l the Commissioners for approval to hire an appraiser to replace her, to be ready for the busy Summer season. Commission Chairman Bill Brown reported that the dispute over public access to Sawmill Road located west of Council City will be heard in a District Court hearing scheduled in Caldwell on April 18, 2012. Wolves and the Eco-Syst00,.rrL for elk-watching or for tourism? That there will ever be more than only a few deer and elk left since wolf numbers will increase until there is no food left and that they will shift back onto deer and elk if they begin to recover?" "Remember that the wolves never have to leave, only shift to livestock, dogs, garbage, pets, kids, old folks, etc. like they do in Asia and elsewhere. What has the resulting number of deer and elk left in wolf country to do with any local interests or human benefits from deer and elk? Honestly, I am amazed every time I have to explain this one." That's about it for reason #1 of How Wolves Benefit the Ecosystem. Next week: #2--Wolves keep elk from over-browsing riparian areas, which has several beneficial effects to associated fish, mammals and plants. Continued from front page hooves. When used in always changing for discussing wolves, it is the reasons Beers generally taken to mean mentions.] elk and deer, but could Beers continued: include cattle, sheep, "When man (i.e. all of horses, bison, etc. the above) is present Reason #I man strives to insert I didn't put the list a modicum of stability of ways that wolves into the chaos for his are said to benefit own benefit. The longer the ecosystem in any he does this and the particular order of more he leams and the importance, so the more tools he includes order in which I will in his 'toolbox' - the be writing about them more stability, meaning does not imply that the more benefit for one is more important himself and his society, than another. Chosen at accrues from increased random, the subject of environmental stability." this article is: "Wolves "While trying to avoid prevent overpopulation sarcasm, who can of deer and elk herds believe that wolves so that herds are kept feeding on deer and elk at proper levels for (the assumption above) habitat." do anything but grab The common, and what they can, when obvious answer to they can? That they this is that hunting will kill and eat them has been more than until they leave or get adequate in doing this so low in numbers that for well over 100 years, the wolves shift to other Dr. White says the foods except when they stance of Idaho Fish & can kill deer and elk? Game is that hunting That the numbers of is just as effective at deer and elk left over controlling populations, time will be 'enough' plus specific types of for annual hunts or game can be selected New Meadows City Council Continued from front page City office. The Council worked through a "Wish List" of tools and equipment made up by Public Works and Animal Control. The Council approved the purchase of a sump pump for the Public Works Department and three items of safe- ty equipment for the Animal Control Officer. The City Council also approved leases for four tenants in the City Business Park with the note that at least two of the present tenants have requested addi- tional space at the park. The Council expressed interest in expand- ing the business park to accommodate these tenants. The Council approved necessary repairs to plumbing, and for replacing a water heat- er at the Business Park. Clerk Mac Quails. requested that the Council consider get- ting bids for extending the eaves on the main buildings at the park to stop winter damage to the buildings from ice and snow. The Council listened to a representa- tive of JUB Engineering outline reasons why the city should con- tinue contracting with the company. An agen- da item to cancel the City's contract with ing for the night, thel JUB Engineering was Council approved new', also discussed but was Meeting Policy Rules tol tabled for this meeting be posted at the meet-: to allow council mem- ing room door to ale bers time to consider citizens when they will: the alternatives, be allow to speak at'. The Council contin- the meetings. Only one: ued their discussion about updating the ani- mal control ordinances and fees for the city. The completed ordi- nances have been sent to the city attorney for final review before the Council approves them. Before adjourn- citizen attended this' particular meeting, and' most meetings are not', disturbed by citizen' input. Clerk Quails and; Council Chairperson I Spelman will be attend-' ing a one day grant' writing class being held' in Kamiah this month. Vote FOR Ryan Zollman Adams County Sheriff Experience with Integrity & Honesty will make the difference Paid for by Ryan Zollman for Sheriff, R. Kilborn, Treasurer for harvest. Using elk as an example, by tailoring game harvest to a specific habitat, population, bull/cow ratio, and several more factors, hunting can be used to not 0n!y, influence the e,lk population, but benefit the above-mentioned factors as well. Walt Okamoto says he agrees with Dr. White, as well as the general idea of Jim Beers' input below. Beers let loose with both barrels on this issue, saying the "canard" of wolves controlling ungulate herds, "is absurd on its face." Here is the rest of his response: "Who defines 'over' population? The rancher that wants no deer or elk? The hunter that wants 'more' deer or elk? The rural resident that wants more vegetation (wild and domestic) surviving winter feeding? The urban resident of the North Shore of Chicago? The head of 'Defenders of Wildlife' or HSUS', etc. in Washington, DC?" "We are all fond of talking about 'Balance' as in the 'Balance of Nature' or the elk being in 'balance' with their habitat but what are we really saying? We are saying those guys want 'more' and those guys want 'less'. We are saying we prefer willows and aspen along some streams to elk and deer hunting or prosperous rural communities. We are saying, 'my vision, not yours.' " "Absent human interference (be it European Stone Age wanderers, Inuits, Apaches, or Englishmen fleeing their ancestral homes) elk, deer, rabbits, foxes, bears- the whole shebang - vary in numbers, densities, and locations for varying periods of time due to weather, predation, fires, available food, disease, and other etceteras." [Dr. White and Walt Okamoto expressed a very similar line of thought--populations and habitat are S0000,i00ch to AIItel Spend Sl today. 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