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WEDNESDAY, APRIL I»<h. 1922.
NO CAUSE TO WORRY
Game Doing Well, Plenty Os
Feed, Few Coyotes, Criticism
Unmerited, Downing Claims
-
I have noticed the articles written
by Ned Frost and B. C. Rumsey, and
it looks like the State of Wyoming
and everybody connected with it is
guilty, therefore these facts.
First, I will admit that I have not
been east to get the official, authen
tic information on our game situation
out here in Wyoming, but from all
the Information I can get by being on
the ground and from such sources as
the U. 8. Biological Survey, which has
been in co-operation with the state,
In their canvass of the Windriver, Du
bois and Jackson Hole countries, in
vestigating conditions, during the win
ter. This report by the Biological
Survey will probably be true, regard
less of the political side, and can be
depended upon. I mention them be
cause they are a non-political body.
They found the elk doing very well
in spite of both Mr. Frost and Mr.
Rumsey, and they looked over prob
ably ten times as many elk as we
have in the entire country from the
Montana line down to Bridger Lake.
I would suggest that Mr. Frost and
Mr. Rumsey get a copy of that report
and see if they can get any informa
tion that would help our alarming sit
uation. •
Speaking of more winter range,
where is it to come from? Os course,
I have only been in this state twenty
nine years and can only speak from
my limited experience but I can never
remember such a winter as the last
one. I am speaking for such men as
Sam Aldrich regarding last winter.
Now, if our main herds of elk win
tered in good shape this winter, why
should we be alarmed because some
one says they are dying and starving,
when they are absolutely wrong ex
cepting one or two instances. For in
stance, one party came to Cody and
said: “The elk are starving on Jones
creek; I can walk right up and lay
my hand on them. They are too weak
to get out of my way.” What caused
the elk to get caught in the snow up
on Jones creek? I’ll answer that
question. Because they did not real
ise they were safe to come down out
of that country, it being open to hunt
ing until last fall, and they were afraid
to show up for being gunned so much
in there formerly. Come on down the
river to where there are elk and look
into conditions. Are there any elk
starving on Elk Fork? Decidedly no;
we lumped several bunches in this vi
cinity and never got close enough to
see what kind of shape they were in.
but poor elk as a rule do not take to
the tops of the mountains in the win
ter time when you just take a look at
them. I
Let us go further into this winter
range proposition. WTiere did the elk
used to winter before during severe
winters? I believe you will find their
winter quarters taken mostly by
0 homesteaders. Should that be stop
ped? Or shall the State buy them
out, so the elk can winter, just dur
ing severe winters? It is granted they
can winter with ease in an ordinary
winter, because none complained last
winter, not even Mr. Rumsey. I be
lieve the elk are amply provided for
ordinarily, because I have taken pains
to notice feed conditions the last two
years, and even stockmen have to
take a loss during a severe winter. If i
the feed Is there for them, I don’t see i
how anyone can censure the state nor ]
the Forest Service nor anyone else .
down here because the snow comes
and covers it up.
I further believe Mr. Hutton in bls ’
recent article fully covered the feed I
situation, not by guess but by facts. 1
so there Is no need going into details 1
regarding that matter.
Regarding lions, I do not believe '
they are numerous enough to worry *
about, and after the cleaning made by
Mr. Rowley last winter, have failed
to hear authentically of any kills made '
by Hon, and further, any time any one
can show any such kills I can guaran- ■
tee immediate action, with the same
efficient man and dogs, according to ;
information now In my hands.
The coyote menace, so greatly her- ,
aided throughout Cody, seemed to be
without grounds, with a very few ex
ceptions, and those were on deer alto
gether, and not above ordinary sea
sons, and I know not as bad through
out the Southfork section as two
years ago. Still I do hold that the
thing to do is to keep all predatory
animals down to as few as possible,
which is being done throughout the
state.
Taking everything into considera
tions—exceptional winter 'conditions
and all—T think, and can bear out my
statements with proof, that we—ev
eryone Interested In our wild life—
have nothing to be alarmed at in the
present game situation.
The state is trying to get better
J changes In the preserves all the time,
to better the winter conditions, also
to give the sportsmen consideration,
and the men who make their living
from this wonderful asset.
CARL DOWNING,
iV | Asst. Game and Fish Coin.,
Valle}, Wyo.
GAME GOING FAST,
0. G. NOWLIN SAYS

Not Too Late To Save It If True
Sportsmen Will Organize and
Work For Its Welfare.
That the game situation is serious
is conceded by D. C. Nowlin, former
state game warden and father of the
present game warden.
No one can dispute the fact that he
knows what he is talking about and
ta this connection he has written to a
forest ranger at Kemmerer, Wyo., as
follows:
“Nearly all our moose are found on
territory adjacent to the Yellowstone
park, and this is the only game ani
mal that has shown any ; increase
there are probably twice as many
moose in Wyoming as there were 25
years ago, owing to a long closed sea
son, but the total number is insignif
icant —under a thousand, I think.
“There were never any mountain
goat in Wyoming. Deer, mountain
sheep and antelope have decreased
tremenduously, but I cannot under
take to estimate this decrease for a
ten-year period as it is more than ten
years since I traveled over the game
regions of the state, outside the Jack
son’s Hole country. We have only a
pitiful remnant of deer left here, and
the mountain sheep are noticeably
scarce. When I first knew the Jack
son’s Hole country, thousands of an
telope summered here., but not one I
has been seen in this country for sev-i
erafr years. 1
“We have here what is known as
the ‘southern elk herd.* A fairly ac
curate census in 1916 gave us 19,900
odd elk, a similar census last year
gave us 9,300 odd elk; comment seems
unnecessary. Approximately 2,000
elk are now wintering on the upper
Wind river, but I am not competent
to estimate the numbers of elk that
range on the Shoshone—east of the
park—or on the Green River drain
age. Doubtless the state game de
partment can give you valuable infor
mation In this connection.
“Despite the trite old saying that
‘wild game must give way to settle
ment,’ it Is a fact that, not counting
our diminishing elk herds, Massachu
setts, New York and Pennsylvania
(densely populated before Wyoming
was put on the map) each has more
wild game than our own state.
“We can justly boast of our moun
tain scenery, but will It attract the
i money-spending, summer tourist when
: it is no longer animated by wild life?
•‘By organized effort the true sports
men of the state can do a tremendous
. lot for the welfare of our wild game;
i it is not yet too late, but it soon will
, be! Even people who are incapable
) of lofty sentiment can be taught the
. money value of wild game.”
'TEX’ HOLM BACK
IN THE SADDLE
Will Wrangle Dudes In Park
This Summer-Horseback Par
ties To Start From Mammoth
"Tex" Holm has made arrange
ments with the Yellowstone Transpor
tation Company to conduct saddle
horse parties through the Park this
summer.
He had hoped to interest local peo
ple In his proposition, as he figured
that it meant at least $30,000 to Cody
If It could be made the starting point.
Failing In this, he will start hie par
ties from Mammoth Hit Springs and
the Anaconda Standard speaks in
complimentary terms of the dean of
dude-wranglers and his venture.
"An innovation in the service at Yel
lowstone National park will be tour
personally conducted saddle horse
trail trips to be conducted for the
first time this season. The tours will
leave Mammoth Hot Springs about
July 1, July 16, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15.
The four tours wiil extend over ap
proximately 14 days. The tour In
cludes everything necessary for the
trip. That Is, each member of the
party will be provided with horse, sad
dle, bridle and all necessary riding
equipment, except personal riding ap
parel. Sleeping tents will be In two
sizes, beds will be made up on heavy
mattresses with woolen blankets,
sheets and pillows.
“The tours will be guided by Tex
Holm of Cody, Wyo.. who is. with the
exception of Howard Eaton, the most
famous of all Yellowstone guides.”
SCHOOL GROUNDS CLEAN-UP
The School Board requests the co
operation of the citizens of Cody in
cleaning up and grading and planting
trees and lawn on our new school
grounds and ask the people to come
out on Arbor Day and donate their
services so we may have a proper
setting for our new building.
Ladies may help by bringing well
filled lunch baskets for the workers.
Coffee will be served by the Domes
tic Science class from the kitchen in
the school building.
Elk Folk Is No Test
OiGamc’sCondition
Superficial View Os Best Winter
Range On Preserve Proves
Nothing, Says Northforker
B. c. RUMSEY
Editor Cody Enterprise.
When I read the illuminating and
edifying ebullition in the Herald the
other day entitled, “Game Situation
Not Alarming Reports Bayer,” it was
more than my weak human nature
could withstand not to resort to a
retort courteous, for it is just such,
quack and farcial investigations and
reports as these that are influential
in framing many of our ridiculous
and inefficient laws, and compel me
again to repeat that our game laws
are a farce and a disgrace to the
State of Wyoming
In the first place, who is Bayer,
what are his qualifications for rush
ing into print as an authority on the
game situation, and what consldera
tiion, if any, shouiu be given to his
conclusions? The Herald says he is
of the Geological Survey, and that he
came all the way from Cheyenne—on
the people’s money, I suppose—to in
vestigate the game situation, en
lighten us on our own affairs! And
what, pray, does a geologist know
about Biology?
Is an orinthologist supposed to
be an authority on ichthyology? May
be so, but if you wanted to know any
thing about evolution and right think
ing would you consult W. J. Bryan?
Maybe, after all, Mr. Bayer is a mem
ber of the Biological Survey, but the
Herald doesn’t know the difference;
could this be possible, do you think?
Be that as it may, for the sake of
discussion, we will grant that Bayer
is a learned student or professor of
the Biological Survey; that he knows
wherein the spinal column of the an
thropoid ape differs from that of the
baboon; what then are his qualifica
tions to become an authority on the
game situation of the Shoshone Pre
serve?
He says In part: “March 28th to
April Ist was spent with Forest Su
pervisor Hutton, Spencer and Down
ing up the North Fork and Elk Fork
Rivera,” etc. Just think of it! -This
geologl beg pardon, I mean biolo-
gist, accompanied by a deudrologist,
spent Four Whole Days investigating
the Shoshone game preserve, and they
got as far as Elk Fork and Its invir
ons! And what did they discover?
“Only one carcass, but game in excel
lent condition and provided with
worlds of grass.” '
Quite naturally, and I would like to
inform this learned pair of ologists,
1 that had they found elk carcasses on
: Elk Fork or its vicinity it would be
prima facie evidence that there would
I ’*e little, if any, game left in the State
of Wyoming—except what was hand
fed —f:»r the simple reason that Elk
Fork is one of the very best wlmer {
grazing grounds for game In the coun-;
A jaunty,
starched
collar
with that new suit
Good tailoring shows
up twice as well when
your coat has a jaun
ty, starched collar to
drape itself around.
And there are so
many attractive collar
styles to select from
now. Pick one that's
becoming to you—one
with snap and class to
iL Then send your
collars to us for laun
dering that will pre
serve their style.
The way they’re
laundered makes a lot
of difference —try our
service this week and
see.
The Cody
Laundry
“A Reflnite Plant”
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□end ft
try, and, quite naturally, if game
couldn’t winter hero, where could
they winter? Queer Mr. Bayer should
pick the Best Winter Grazing Sec
tion on the North Fork to give his
glad tidings to the world! A place
that has the least snow, most grass |
.and game, and easiest to travel, and ’■
by inductive methods of reasoning |
for a part, to draw general conclu
sions for the whole!! So his line of
reasoning (?) —guessing more appro-!
priate—by which he arrives at his;
conclusions and which are to be tak
en as final and authoratative runs
somewhat as follows:
“We spent four days riding around
Elk Fork and its vicinity, one of the
best big game wintering grounds in
the State, found game in good condi
tion and worlds of grass, hence, there
is no further worry necessary in the
Cody District from the big game
standpoint this year.” ! Q. E. D. !
Logical and Intelligent, don’t you
think?
“Reductio ad absurdum,” more to |
the point! What about all the rest I
of the Shoshone game preserve that |
this learned pair didn’t visit? Where
there isn’t any grass, and if there
were, they would have to use snow
shoes and shovels to get at it? In
what part of the game preserve were
Messrs Bayer and Hutton in January
and February when the thermometer
was around 20° and travel was im-f
possible except on snow-shoes or
skis? Where was their grass and
game then?
I will tell you. Most of the grass
was buried under deep snow with one
to two layers of crust on it; some of
the game that was in such “excellent
condition,” and strong enough to tra
vel were browsing on willows, cotton
wood and sage brush along the North
Fork road between Elk Fork and Pa
haskc—Messrs Bayer and Hutton
must nave seen them!
I don’t now where these gentlemen :
were, but I’ll make a guess: that :
there was about as much chance to
find them trotting over the game pre
serves at this time of the year on
snow shoes and skis, as there would
be in finding the Sheriff of Park coun
ty with his spies and stool-pigeons
chasing anything but a whiskey breath
outside the city limits!
By this time some reader might;
like to know on what authority I dare I
to challenge or question these feder
al authorities whose very titles are
supposed to be awe-inspiring, striking
fear and consternation to the hoi pol
io!; or what are my qualifications for
consideration in the matter.
I will tell you. Simply because, like
dozens of others in the country, whose
only title is citizen, I happen to know
more about the subject, unless Feder-
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which God forbid!
I came to this country first in 1895
—27 years ago! Since that time,
. with the exception of six years, I have
. spent from one to four months of ev
' ery year travelling through the big
game sections of Wyoming with pack
outfits. This last year I have spent
eleven months in the game country
—Bayer four days, please note—and
have not only seen game practically 1
every week of that time, but have
seen them on their spring, summer,
fall and winter ranges; from snow
shoes and skis also!
And yet Bayer reports “grass plenti
ful and game doing finely on Elk
Fork and vicinity.”
Too true, and lucky it is true! Bit
does all the Shoshone game preser e
furnish the ideal winter grazing con-
Who Is a Back
Number?
Some people may laugh at style. But the word style, In Its broad
est sense, means progress, Improvement, better ways of living. With
out style we would still wear eat corn meal and salt pork
and live in log cabins.
To be out of style is to be out of date, and to beout of date is to be
a back number. And who wants to be a back number In matters of
health, comfort and happiness?
Well, styles change in bathroom equipment the same as In archi
tecture, furniture, and everything else that goes Into the making up of
an up-to-date, healthy, comfortable, place In which to live or work.
Each change in bathtubs, lavatories, closets and other convenienc
es marks an advance in the saving of time and in the joy of living.
The day is almost here when a home will be judged not by its de
corations, inside finish or outside appearance, but by its bathroom.
For, as a great observer has said, “The most American thing In Ameri
ca is its glorious bathroom.”
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ditions that Elk Fork does? Would
that it did, we could then truthfully
and authoratatively say, “All game on
the whole game preserve doing well.”
Again I repeat the game laws are
a farce and disgrace to the State of
Wyoming.
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