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County Fair dress review wimmrs am idetumd here" left to right are Ernm Wyatt, Debbie Ryan, Zeta Nuckolls, Davanne Noyce, Pare Flested and Julle here are to top livestock judgers at the Crook County Fair. Shown left to right are~. Brendon McCullough, Jutie Dillinger, Stacy Dockery; back row - Ron Dyer, Valerie Dillinger. I awat~ during the Crook Coeaty Fair were these de~ whmem. Left to row - Tla Seeley, Chris Dawson, Wamey Streag; back row - Karen Gri~, techniques for assessing the can make intelligent de- population status and man- cisions about how the cat agement of the bobcat, should be managed." "The bobcat has become a The bobcat was not always AJ~nerica's small- very controversial cat," ex- such a controversial cat. A cat, the bob- plains Cluadia Kandrew, re- small animal, weighing up to subject of a source specialist with NWF. 25 pounds, the stealthy bob- cospon- "Because its pelt has be- cat is found in nearly all of Wild- come so valuable, the fur the lower 48 states. It is and the En- industry would like to see capable, of idlling an animal Scientific more of the cat~ being trap- ten times its own weight, (ESSA), October ped. But some biologists such as an antelope or deer. t 18, at the Smith- question how long the bobcat Although the bobcat's center in population could sustain usual fare is mice, rats, Va. heavy trapping. We hope at squirrels, birds, and rabbits, experts will the conference to come up it may attack farm animala. with some answers, so we This tendency led seme AUGUST 23, 1979 THE SUNDANCE TIMES PAGE 11 Jpai~ horse judging team members shown in ~emt are, left to right, C~a4s I}awsmt, Jmmlee Brlmmer, Jeff Neimau, Wamey Strong. Left to right in back me eeninr heine judging team members Jerry Rathbtm, T.J. Wyatt, Kdsty MeKenney, Jennifer Adams. l~ne top home economics judgers during the Crook County Fair me pictured here. Left to fight are; front - Nikki W'flson, Tawny McCullough, Khristy McKeney; back - Zeta Nuckoils, Davanne Noyce. states to classify the cat as a varmit, with a bounty on its scalp. Then, in 1975, an inter- national treaty, the Conven- tion on International Trade and Endangered Species {CITES), banned all com- mercial trade in the furs of big spotted cats. With their old supply cut off, the once- scorned bobcat pelt, which is tan to reddish brown, looked quite attractive to European furriers. Prices soared, one per sold for as much as $400 and in the 1976-77 trapping season, more than 100,000 bobcats were taken. Some biologists began to worry about the bobcat pop- ulation, but information was scarce. In 1977, ESSA, which was established to di- rect U.S. compliance with CITES, proposed that all ex- ports of bobcat fur be ban- ned. In the face of loud protests from some state and game agencies, ESSA back- ed~down, but did place the cat on Appendix II of CITES. This means ESSA must re- view the bobcat population and management status for each state before exports of pelts are allowed. Some states have gone so far as to ban bobcat hunting and trapping altogether, but many officials argue that this is a mistake. "Most of our bobcat information is derived from hunting and trapping," Chet McCord of the Mass- achusetts fisheries and wild- life division recently told the National Wildlife magazine. "Without this information, we can't manage the ani- mals." But Maurice Hornocker, of Idaho, one of the country's best-known wildlife bio- logists, does not entirely agree. "Trapping informa- tion has its place," he ex- plained to National Wildlife, "but too r~ny states use it as a crutch, an easy way to manage bobcats without do- ing the necessary in-depth studies. Kendrew hopes the re- search conference can help settle , these erguments. Among the issues to be dis- cussed at the conference are survey techniques, harvest reports, pelt trade and utili- zation, factors affecting har- vest level, response of pop- ulation to harvest, and the relationship of l~bitat~ studies to census techniques. VA- MAY ! HEI~ YOU? Q-If a vetenm leaves his National Service Li~ In. suranee dividend un deposit or credit with the Veterans Administration, at what rate will it accure interest? A--As of Jan. 1, 1979, the NSLI interest rate is 5aA percent~ Q-Is tutmial mdstunve the saute under the educa- tional assistance program and the vocational rehabih't- at/on program? A..No. Tutorial assistance is limited to $69 per ~th for a, maximum of $828. Under the vocational reha- bilitation program, the ex~ tent of assistance needed is determined on an individual basis by the VA, school staff and the veteran. Payment is based on the amount of time the veteran needs and the background and quali- fications of the tutor. Must a member of the armed forces accept the $20,000 Servicemen's Group Life Insurance coverage? A--No. A serviceperson may elect (in writing) to-be covered for a lesser amount or not to be covered at all. And A bout All The Farmer's biggest turnover is his spring plowing. -Post, Syracuse. Needed Autos have built-in di- rectional signals~ But what we need is another one showing undecided. -News, Tifton, Ga. By Far~ By far the most costly surplu~ the taxpayer has to pay forin this country is the surplus of govern- ment. -Journal, Atlanta. Could Be Fun is like insurance-- the older you are the more it costs. -Spot!jgbt~ San Diego.