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(Studio) Last week President Ford announced decision giving environmentalists victory and West sheep raisers setback.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Painted Springs, UT) Effect of coyotes on wool growers, such as UT rancher Steve Gillmor, noted. Fish and Wildlife Service describes results of further attacks on his herd. Ranchers had kept coyotes controlled fairly well with poison bait until 2 years ago, when former President Nixon signed executive order banning practice. (US Fish and Wildlife Service film shown.) Now growers say coyote population threatens their business [UT Wool Growers Association spokesperson Steve GILLMOR - cites effect of order on industry] Growers had hoped Ford would lift order, but conservationists arguments of poison's threat to other range wildlife and even to coyotes' existence apparently persuaded President to keep order. [The Fund for Animals spokesperson Lewis REGENSTEIN - says rescinding of order would open up use of toxic chemicals, like compound 1080, which would be devastating to wildlife.] Most ranchers can do now is wait for new administration
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld
- Mudd, Roger;
- Threlkeld, Richard
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