Thursday, 31 October 1996 17:00

OUR READERS WRITE Winter 1996

Written by George Parman
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On January 17, 1996inAustin, NV a meeting was held by the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The purpose of the meeting was to present a draft copy of the Comprehensive Mountain Lion Management Plan to the public. I believe that the seriousness of this situation should be brought to the attention of the sportsmen of our state.

In 1946 and 1947 the poison 10-80 was introduced in our state. At that time the coyote was causing a great amount of damage to the livestock of our state. This was after World War II and the rationing of meat. People at that time realized the value of food and were trying to protect the hands that fed them, the livestock people.

At that time, the government started the largest predator control program our state had ever known. They not only used the poison 10-80 but getter guns, traps and the best lion hunters they could hire.

By 1955, with the predator numbers down, deer were showing up everywhere in our state. Sagehens, rabbits and the new game bird, chukar partridge were abundant. The deer harvest was a whopping 34,500; a tag could be purchased over the counter anywhere.

As the predator programs were squeezed out and the ranchers (who provided feed and water for game) were put out of business by the BLM, game numbers declined.

In 1990, the deer harvest was 16,712 and in 1994, it dipped to a mere 7.317 deer killed.

The real eye opener for me came from NDOW's own figures. They said that there are 3,189 lions in the State of Nevada. They also said that a lion will kill a deer-sized animal every week. In a year's time, that would make the total number of deer killed by lion 165,828. Compare that to the 7,317 deer harvested by our hunters in 1994!

Instinctively, after a lion kills, he eats his fill then buries what is left of the carcass. He returns the next day to eat on the carcass again. With our coyote, raven and crow numbers as high as they are, I will bet that the lion returns to the carcass only to find it eaten entirely. Therefore, I would guess that the number of deer killed by lion is actually two per week instead of one. Calculating 3,189 lion x 2 deer per week x 52 weeks per year, would give you an amazing total of 331,656 deer killed by lion. I cannot imagine the damage that the lion must be doing to the Bighorn Sheep, Elk, and Antelope that the Nevada Department of Wildlife is trying to establish in our state.

Ask yourself in all sanity and for the sake of the sportsmen and the ranchers, as well as the economic well being of Nevada, SHOULD THE LION BE PROTECTED OR CONTROLLED? •

Sincerely,

George Parman, Eureka, NV

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