TRAPPER SAVVY SOUGHT
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is polling the state's trappers to gather information on the wildlife distribution and abundance of wildlife. "They probably know more about some of the species lynx and black-footed ferrets than anyone in the state" a release quoted Jay Lawson, chief game warden. "It would be a shame for this knowledge to dissapear. These old timers lived closer to wildlife than almost any other group and the nature of thier work forced them to pay attention to population trends. Many of them kept journals, and most of them have records showing annual fur sales. "I hope they take the time to complest the survey, and I especially hope they make any comments they believe will help wildlife." Surveys went to 400 of the states estimated 1,500 trappers. Information gathered from surveys will be used to promote trapping in Wyoming and also improve wildlife management. None of the comments or information will be attributed to a particular trapper. FFG
A beaver pond that date more than 3.5 million years has been uncovered on Ellesmere Island, some 1,900 kilometers north of Canada's tree line. The pond is locked in permafrost and so well preserved by the cold, and acid free soil conditions that wood bearing the cuts of beaver teeth from 3.5 million years ago is still fresh enough to burn. Paleo-biologist Richard Harrington, of the Canadian Museum of Nature calculated the size of the beaver from the teeth marks and estimates that the ancient Castor Canadensis grew to the size of the modern-day bear before becoming extinct about 10,000 years ago.