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Thursday, Sept 18, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-7 STAFF REPORTS news@masoncoun com State wildlife manag- ers are seeking help from hunters and the general public in monitoring the spread of hoof disease among elk in 10 counties in southwest Washing- ton. The Washington De- partment of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) asks that anyone who spots an elk with hoof deformities in the area that is limp- ing or dead report their observations at wdfw. wa.gov/conservation/ health/hoof_disease/. A map on that website shows the department's primary focus of interest. Sandra Jonker, WDFW regional wild- life manager, said the department is primarily interested in receiving reports outside the pri- mary area of infection around Cowlitz County, where the disease is al- ready well documented. "Our focus now is on assessing the spread of the disease to other parts of the region," Jonker said. "Gaining more in- formation about the in- cidence and geographical distribution of the dis- ease will help determine how best to manage it." She noted that the website is designed to ac- cept reports from the field using a mobile phone. Once filed, those reports will immediately appear on WDFW's website. Diagnostic testing conducted over the past year indicates hoof dis- ease in elk closely resem- bles a contagious bacte- rial infection in sheep. There is no evidence that the bacteria are harmful to humans, but there is 102 years in the making: Salmon return to upper Elwha STAFF REPORT news@masoncounty com Following an observation by a fisheries biologist and member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of a possible Chinook salmon in the former Lake Mills, two Olym- pic National Park fisheries staff conducted a snorkel survey of the Elwha River above the old Glines Canyon dam site. They found three adult chi- nook salmon, all between 30 and 36 inches long, in the former Lake Mills, between Windy Arm and Glines Canyon. Two fish were seen resting near submerged stumps of ancient trees; the third was found in a deep pool in the former Lake Mills. "When dam removal began three years ago, Chinook salmon were blocked far downstream by the Elwha dam," said Olympic Na- tional Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. "Today, we celebrate the return of Chinook to the upper Elwha River for the first time in over a century." "Thanks to the persistence and hard work of many National Park Service employees, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and many other partners, salmon can once again reach the pristine Elwha watershed within Olympic Na- tional Park," said Creachbaum. In addition to the three chinook, biologists counted 27 bull trout, nearly 400 rainbow trout and two small sculpin during their survey above Glines Canyon. The biologists began their snor- kel survey in Rica Canyon three miles above the old Glines Canyon dam site. They then snorkeled down- stream through the canyon, through the former Lake Mills and downstream to a point just above Glines Canyon. Earlier this month, park bi- ologists confirmed that two radio- tagged bull trout had migrated through Glines Canyon and were in Rica Canyon. The three chinook observed last week were not radiotagged, but were seen by observers on the riv- erbank and in the water. The following day, biologists counted 432 live Chinook in a 1.75 mile section of river just down- stream of Glines Canyon, but still above the old Elwha dam site. Elwha River Restoration is a National Park Service project that includes the largest dam re- moval in history, restoration of the Elwha River watershed, its native anadromous fisheries and the natural downstream trans- port of sediment and woody de- bris. For more information about this multi-faceted project, people can visit the Olympic National Park website at www.nps.gov/olym/ naturescience/elwha-ecosystem- restoration.htm. no vaccine for elk that contract the disease, Jonker said. To help prevent the disease from spreading, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission recently approved a new rule requiring hunters in 10 southwest Washing- ton counties to remove the hooves of any elk they harvest and leave them on-site. This Non-Members Welcome AT THE RANGE Memberships Available ~eptember 18, Thursday Winchester Defensive Pistol Marksmanship Program Develop shooting skills with your concealed carry firearm. 50 rounds or more, serf paced awards style shooting program. 56.00 members, $8.00 for non-members. September 19, Friday 6:00 P.M. Bullseye .22 Pistol Target Shooting Firing 10 rounds on 6 targets from 50 feet. Excellent skill building for beginners and pros alike. $3.00 for members and $5.00 for non-members. September 20, Saturday 10:00 A.M. New Member Applicants Orientation Persons interested in joining MCSA meet at the range for approximately an hour and a half safety and range operations session. September 23, Tuesday 6:00 P.M. USPSA classifier practice. 9mm or larger, 48 round count. Shooting clinic, timed and scored for practice. Come on in and hone your shooting skills. $600 members, $8.00 non-members. September 25, Thursday 6:00 P.M. Winchester Sporting Rifle Marksmanship Bring any safe sporfmg .221r rifle and 60 plus rounds of amino, eye and heating protection. Runs about 2 hours. Serf-paced reward based program. $6.00 mem- bers $8.00 non-members. Coming up: November 1, 2014 NRA First Steps Pistol class at the range. Firearm and amino provided. 4 hour plus course teaching proper handgun safety and operation. Cost is $50.00, age is not a barrier. See our website for more information. November 15-16, 2014. Personal Protection in the Home NRA Course. This is an 8+ hour course teaching basic defensive shooting skills. Prospective students must be 21 years of age and show proof of prior training or demonstrate skill in a pre-class qualification. See our website for more information. Cost is $175.00, lunch is included both days. Did you know: A 1997 U.S. Justice Department survey of 14,285 state prison inmates found that among those inmates who carried a firearm during the offense for which they were sent to jail, 0.7% obtained the firearm at a gun show, 1% at a flea market, 3.8% from a pawn shop, 8.3% from a retail store, 39.2% through an illegal/street source, and 39.6% through family or friends. MASON COUNTY SPORTSMAN' S ASSOCIATION W. 521 Business Park Rd., Shelton Message Phone 427-1102 www.masoncountysa.com i ALLYN I Case Inlet 18 1:27am 10.9 19 2:39am 10.9 20 3:40am 11.2 21 4:30am 11.6 Thu8:20am 1.6 Fri9:20am 1.7 Sat10:11pm 1.7Sun10:53am 1.8 3:55pm 12.8 4:36pm 13.0 5:05pm 13.2 5:28pm 13.3 lO:03pm 5.8 10:46pm 5.2 11:19pm 4.5 11:46pm 3.8 22 5:13am 12.123 12:11am 3.12412:37am 2.4 25 1:05am 1.6 Mon 11:30am 2.1 Tue 5:53am 12.4Wed 6:30am 12.8 Thu 7:09am 13.0 5:48pm 13.4 12:05pm 2.4 12:39pm 2.9 1:14pm 3.5 6:lOpm 13.5 6:34pm 13.6 7:00pm 13.6 SHELTON I Oakland Bay 18 2:05am 10.9 19 3:17am 10.9 20 4:18am 11.2 21 12:25am 3.9 Thu9:26am 1.4 FriI0:26am 1.5Sat11:17am 1.5Sun5:08am 11.6 4:33pm 12.8 5:14prh 13.0 5:43pm 13.2 11:59pm 1.6 11:09pm 5.0 11:52pm 4.4 6:06pro 13.3 22 12:52am 3.323 1:17am 2.7 24 1:43am 2.0 25 2:11am 1.4 Mon 5:51pm 12.1 Tue 6:31pm 12.4 Wed 7:08am 12.8 Thu 7:47am 13.0 12:36pm 1.8 1:11pm 2.1 1:45pm 2.5 2:20pm 3.0 6:26pm 13.4 6:48pm 13.5 7:12pm 13.6 7:38pm 13.6 UNION l Hood Canal 18 12:15am8.9 19 1:31am 9.0 20 2:33am 9.321 3:26am9.7 Thu7:08am 1.7 Fri 8:03pm 1.7 Sat8:52am 1.7 Sun9:37am1.8 2:33pm 10.7 3:16pm 11.0 3:52pm 11.2 4:24pm11.4 8:05pm 6.4 8:55pm 5.7 9:39pm 4.9 I0:18pm 4.1 22 4:14am 10.123 4:58am 10.424 5:40am 10.725 12:04am 2.0 Mon I0:19am 2.0rueI0:58am 2.3Wed 11:37pm 2.8 Thu 6:22am 10.8 4:54pm 11.5 5:22pm 11.55:48prn 11.4 12:14pm 3.4 I0:55pm 3.3 11:30pm 2.5 6:10pm 11.2 THE SUN and THE MOON 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Sunrise6:54am6:SSam 6:57am6:58am6:59pm7:01am7:02am7:03am Sunset 7:18pm7:16pm 7:14pm7:12pm7:10pm7:08pm7:06pm7:04pm Moonrise 1:35am2:32pm 3:30pro 4:30pro 5:30pro 6:30am7:31am8:34am Moonset 4:27pm5:00am 5:29pm5:57pm6:23am6:48pm7:15pm7:43pm New moon September 23 Tidal Information courtesy NOAA I Astronomical Data courtesy U.S. Naval Observatory (360) 426-4562 Toll Free 1-800-421-4791