- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 6, 2001

OUTDOORS

It is interesting to compare the various reactions by the Eastern Establishment as concerns introductions of potentially dangerous wildlife and the people who are told they eventually must live with the critters because some egghead in Washington thought it would be a good thing.
A case in point is the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's brainstorm about bringing red wolves into North Carolina. The feds thought it would be a good thing to restore them to their original range even though no one ever proved the Tarheel state was part of the red wolf's natural home.
Needless to say, few North Carolinians particularly those in areas where the wolves would be turned loose thought it was a grand plan. But when you have a fellow in a downtown Washington federal office building who has a bad comb-over, an even worse attitude and thinks he's on a mission, brother, you've got wolves like it or not.
Luckily, the big canines aren't dangerous to humans, but imagine putting grizzly bears into somebody's backyard.
When Monica Lewinsky's boyfriend, the former president of these United States, Bill Clinton, said he thought it would be a good idea to plant 280 grizzly bears in central Idaho and western Montana, the howls from rural residents there could almost be heard in the District.
Although the grizzlies were to be "managed" by a 15-member citizen committee, the committee's authority could be revoked by the feds the moment the government agents thought the citizens weren't acting in the bears' best interest, the Denver-based Mountain States Legal Foundation reported recently. Furthermore, environmental groups would be allowed to get in on the act and sue for even stricter regulations. Imagine having big-time Montana property owners Ted Turner and his ex, Jane Fonda, telling you what to do. Hoo, boy.
As far as John Shuler, of Dupuyer, Mont., is concerned, he is happy that President George W. Bush's Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton, will scuttle Clinton's grizzly bear introduction program.
Shuler had an encounter with a grizzly in the fall of 1989, was attacked by the animal, then had to shoot it to save his own skin. The Fish & Wildlife Service heard about it and prosecuted Shuler. After an eight-year court battle, Shuler finally was vindicated when a federal district judge ruled he had acted in self defense.
Another Westerner, Wyoming's Pat VanVleet, knew about Shuler's legal battle, so when he was attacked by a grizzly he did not use his hunting rifle to defend himself. Instead he tried to spray the big animal with a bear repellent. VanVleet was nearly killed by the bruin.
The fact is that grizzlies do not belong in people's "backyards." They are not facing extinction, so we should simply leave these magnificent creatures to roam over wide open spaces, not turn them loose in places where they are sure to clash with homeowners.

About those Terminator lures
Hats off to Outdoor Innovations, of Tulsa, Okla., the company that markets the famous and expensive Terminator spinnerbait. The firm has been made aware that occasionally when a bass or striper slams into the titanium shaft-equipped lure, the outer spinner blade separates from the shaft and/or the connecting swivel.
That can make for unhappy customers, so Outdoor Innovations spokesman Alan McGuckin said, "We take a lot of pride in our customer service. Even though we are a premium brand, we still experience [some] hiccups and snags in manufacturing. We have jumped on the problem related to lost blades with both feet.
"When one of your readers has a problem, we will take care of them. Please urge them to send any baits to us or call us toll-free, 800/944-4766. We will replace them and send along an extra pair for their trouble, no questions asked. We will continue to stand behind the product until it's 'bulletproof.' "
The address of the company: Outdoor Innovations, 7146 South Braden, Suite 700, Tulsa, Okla., 74136.

The Smelly Jelly connection
Inquiries about the availability of Smelly Jelly, the best fish attractor anywhere, continue to arrive at our e-mail address at a steady clip. If you happen to be in Southern Maryland, Guy Brothers Marine (Route 234 in Clements in St. Mary's County) carries the precious cream, which comes in a variety of flavors all of them equally effective.
Then there's Moeller's Texaco and quick shop near Mechanicsville, Md., (also in St. Mary's County) at the intersection of routes 5 and 6. Moeller's confirmed last night that it stocks Smelly Jelly.
We also hear that Ruth & Dell's Bait and Tackle in Woodbridge on U.S. Route 1 in Prince William County, Va., has it.
If that doesn't work for you, drop a note to the manufacturer, Catcher Company, 5285 Northeast Elam Young Parkway, B-700, Hillsboro, Ore., 97124.

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