This day in history: Jan. 19, 2001

Ministry ready to foot bill to eliminate wolves

The provincial environment ministry was putting up $8,000 to eliminate a wolf problem threatening livestock in the Cecil Lake area, the Alaska Highway News reported on this day in 2001.

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As part of the cull, conservation officers had been authorized to hire a helicopter to track and shoot wolves that reportedly killed at least 10 cows since August 2000.

"If we get confirmation of wolves in the area then we will act," said Doug Gillett, who managed the north's conservation officer service.

Cecil Lake farmers had been demanding action after several wolf sightings. Their efforts to track and kill the wolves had been unsuccessful. Farmers were facing a $1,500 loss per cow, it was reported.

One farmer, Ray L'Heureux, had vowed to break provincial law and use the illegal poison Compound 10-80 to kill the wolves after losing three cows.

Gillett said the poison was not an option for Cecil Lake.

 

Medical program to train more northern doctors

The University of Northern British Columbia was rolling out a proposed program to expand medical education and train northern physicians for northern communities, the News reported.

The program, known today as the Northern Medical Program, would mean more doctors for the region, the News reported.

Officials with UNBC and the Univeristy of British Columbia signed a memorandum of understanding at the 2001 National Health Summit to make the program official.

Students would complete half their medical education through UNBC, and finish their studies at UBC where they would receive their medical degrees.

The program was aiming to register 15 to 20 students annually.

But local doctor Glenn Hamill said that was not quite enough.

"We could use a hundred more," he said.

 

Warm weather not for the dogs

A mild winter in 2000-01 was leading to prime conditions for canine parvoviral infection in Dawson Creek.

Veterinarians were seeing several cases of the virus popping up in the city.

"It is my belief that the mild winter had made the conditions more suitable," Dr. Bev Wolney said.

"It is a very tough organism that is destroyed by the cold temperatures."

The virus attacks the lining of the small intestines and stomaches of dogs, causing diarrhea and vomiting.

Wolney urged pet owners to get their dogs vaccinated. Puppies should receive their first vaccination at six to eight weeks, with two others to follow three to four weeks apart.

Rottweilers, German shepherds, Doberman pinschers and pit bull terriers are more susceptible to the disease.

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