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Do Wolves Benefit the Ecosystem? Part 4 by Dale Fisk q-he argument that wolves keep deer and elk populations healthy is prob- ably the most common one that people bring up when claiming wolves per- form a beneficial function in the eco- system. "i-he argument goes something like, "Wolves prey on the weak, sick or injured animals in the herd, keeping the herd healthier." -here are two main assumptions in this idea: 1--Wolves prey only, or pri- marily, on the weak, sick or injured members of the herd. 2--Killing those animals benefits the herd. Assumption #1 Dr. Craig White, Idaho Fish & Game biologist, rephrases the first point (that wolves kill the weak, sick or injured members of the herd), as "wolves kill the most vulnerable members of the herd:' The animals wolves kill are not necessarily sick or injured; they kill the easiest members to kill. They kill a lot of babies. Dr. Craig said wolves killing lots of calves leaves an elk herd "top heavy" meaning more older animals. He said wolves kill a lot of elk calves in January, February, March, and depend- ing on the spring, in April. 2-here don't seem to be many stud- ies pertaining to what class of animals wolves kill, but one study that is often cited by wolf advocates is one done in the severe winter of 1997 and the mild winter of 1998 in Yellowstone by renowned wolf expert, David Mech, and others. Necropsies of elk killed by wolves showed that the wolf-killed cow elk averaged 14 years of age. Bulls on the other hand averaged 5.4 years old (in their prime). Necropsied remains revealed that many of the animals killed by wolves had age-related infir- mities, such as arthritis, disease, inju- ries or severely depleted fat reserves. During the more severe winter, wolves killed only 2 calves to every 33 adults. During the mild winter, they killed 17 calves to every 23 adults. This might lead to a conclusion that severe winters make adults more vulnerable to wolves. Dr. Craig White thinks more bulls might have been killed at younger ages when they become exhausted after competing for cows in breeding season. Jim Beers pointed out that the wolves in the above study had only been rein- troduced in the Park two or three years See Do WOZVES BENEFIT THE ECO SYSTEM, page 11 Shop Renovation Underway The missing insulation has been removed from the ceiling in the Council High School shop building, and leaks are being fixed. by Dale Fisk When a few determined people put begun. their minds to it, great things can hap- A group of volunteers has cleaned pen. Work on renovating the Council High School shop building has already See ShoP, page 2 ,- Our New Look and Format! by Dale Fisk They say the only constant in life is change, and that certainly applies to the newspaper business. No, this isn't a late April Fools Day joke; this really is the new, improved Adams County Record. The Adams Record and its predeces- sors have been in business at Council since 1908, and the paper has gone through a number of changes in pub- lishers, editors, appearance and tech- nology. We here at the Record are proud to present several new features. The mast- head is more colorful, reminding one of the Seven Devils Mountains. The pages are smaller, but there are more of them, and they're easier for our read- ers to handle. We have new fonts, new styles, a lot more graphics and a whole lot more color, not only on the front and back pages, but throughout the inside. The quality is also improved-- sharper text and better color means see ouR NE w LOOK, page 2, . Where is This? This scene is one may people have seen, but Gene Vogt's photo captured it in a different way. Look closely for clues; there is one dead giveaway if you're familiar with the spot. Before I get to last week's photo, I have to admit to a mixup. The picture from two weeks ago was not precisely exactly where I thought it was, and looking a different direction. I was right about Granite Creek being just to the right, but the basin in the photo was the' head of Lake Basin, not Bucks Basin. And the photo was looking southwest, not northwest. I apologize. At any rate, it showed the east side of Council Mountain. I was a little sur- prised that eight people recognized the Jackley Mountain Lookout. It's in the middle of nowhere at the southern end of the Seven Devils, between branches of Rapid River. That structure was put there in 1932, and stopped being manned after 1948. So it has been standing there abandoned for a long time. John Camp tells me the steps of the lookout were gone by 1990. The photo I featured from Shawn Ogden seems to have been taken in the late 1980s. This style of lookout came into use in days of the Civilian Conservation Corps. This standard, prefabricated building was manufactured in the Portland area, and was made to be packed into remote areas and assembled. There were once many of these across the nation, but many were abandoned during WWII because of a lack of people to man them. There are only three such lookouts still in use on the Payette National Forest-- Sturgill Peak, Williams Peak and Indian Mountain. When the names of the eight cor- rect people were put in the hat, the name that_ was drawn was Melody Capener. Melody wins a handy dandy wooden oven tool from "All About Wood:' As a remind- er, all the photos in the "where is This?" spot will be in Adams County or very close to it, unless there is a note that it's outside the county. Entries must be in by 4:00 on Monday. Good luck! MORE ABOUT THE ROCK FLAT DIAMOND AREA See full coverage on page 7 WHO WAS THE MYSTERIOUS WHEELBARROW WOMAN? Check it out on page 10 2011-2012 Wolf Harvest Numbers Are tallied! Read all about it on page I1