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PAGE lO -- The t Perkins Journal Thursday, May 31. 1984 The Natural Way Dr. Jeff Black Professor of Biology Oklahoma Baptist University ii I called a good friend,ters probably occurred Clarence Wright, Jr., in throughout Oklahoma ex- Tulsa this weekend to cept in the Panhandle. check on two other There is even an old friends, MiMe and record of 67 otters being Mischief. You may shipped from nor- remember Millie and theastern Oklahoma in Mischief as the male and 1834 "by A.P. Chouteau. female River Otters that In the late 1800's and ear- I wrote about in a column ly 1900's, otters became last year. The otter fewer and fewer in breeding season took numbers, probably due to place this spring and uncontrolled trapping of Clarence was hoping that them for their fur. There a romance would blossumis also evidence that in- between Millie and creased water pollution Mischief. I called Clarence made Oklahoma rivers game by hunters or RANDY FOW]BLE LETTER TO THE you know. We are fishermen. N ongame COMPLETES FORD Dear SEvITOsir: evena lot Ofgetrainin theUP ..h 31'fi.d I animals make up about 80 TRACTOR TRAINING " : just now and percent of all Oklahoma MEMPHIS, TN-- I read in the Journal wildlife and include Randy Fowble, salesmanthat Helen Herndon died have had 13 rainsd this month Well, animals like humm- for Goodwin Equipment in the May 3, 1984 paper, close and good 1@ ingbirds, turtles, mice and Company, Inc. in I don't know who gave snakes. Current emphasis Stillwater, Oklahoma, has you the story that she and J.C. HaI L, ,,. in the program in special successfully completed a her folks came to Lincoln P.S. Helen help for endangered week of intensive product County in 1925. Well, who months young am. Her species; preservation of training at the Ford Trac- ever did told you wrongMarch 1, 1906 disappearing habitat; tor Operations, North because I very well know Dec. 20, 190 . laann identification of range American Training that Helen and her folks brother, VernO ; and distribution of Center in Memphis. were in Lincoln County as thdate is March nongame species and The training at the new early as1922 because mytwo years yout development of wildlife facility included opera- folks lived one mile south Helen. observation areas, tional and hands-on ex- of the Shingle School and -O- i perience with the full line Mr. Sporn lived mile The introduction and of Ford tractors and in- north of the school and study of River Otters in dustrial equipment. Helen folks lived just Oklahoma is one example Fowble, who lives in about 1/8 to north of To The Editor:' of how nongame wildlife Winston-Salem, was Mr. Sporn. You see my can profit from this pro- among twenty graduatesdad had a water well drill I am attemp.IE, ,, gram. The return of the of the course attended by and we drilled two wells trace the hexrs' " River Otter to Oklahoma dealership personnel from for Mr. Sporn in 1922 and Sherman RiderS,t is an exciting possibility Canada and the United I got very well acquainted in that we may be able to States. o. with Helen drilling the wifeperdue)JessieRiderEliz ,' ,; see an animal in the wild . wells. She was Sporn sand Jackson that we have only been housekeeper at that time. diana, who able to see in zoos. Inspiration We, my dad and myself,Indiana to to check on the "success" unsuitable for them to in- Perhaps the popular (From Preceding Page) did a lot of work for Mr. the early 1900 : of his matchmaking, habit. Otters were pro- naturalist, Ernest is better to forget about Sporn in the three years were, both Clarence reported that tected from trappings in Thompson Seton, describ- yourself altogether." we lived there 1922-23-24. 1850 s or 1860 the personalities of his ot- Oklahoma in 1931 and ed the otter best when he We lived on my grand- married in duringters radicallYthe breedingChanged day.they Thereare stillarePrOtectedno recordst" River Otters stated "...of all the beasts VERSE: Isaiah 14:12-16mother's place, a farm. Jackson County, whose lives I have tried to 12 How art thou fallenWe helped thresh, saw There childr season. In fact, Millie (the of otters in Oklahoma bet- tell, there is one that from heaven, O Lucifer, wood, and shell corn. My Alias, Albert,_I :b" female otter), attacked ween 1904 and 1946. Instudying the sight Louisiana will also help stands forth, the son of the morningl how dad had acorn sheller. We Heber, Earl, H : Clarence and he was 1946 an otter was ac- records of otters and look- the populations increase Chevalier Bayard of the art thou cut down to the did a lot of other work for and Ethel Ethel"$ unable to go into her cage. cidently killed in nor- ing for evidence of them and become establishedwilds--without fear and ground, which didst Mr. Sporn. So you see I to have married i The fur and blood flew theastern Oklahoma. Italong eastern Oklahomaonce again throughout without reproach. That is weaken the nationsI got very and I mean very Lewis and between the two otters was another twenty-five rivers. He recently thestate. It is exciting to the otter the joyful, keen, 13 For thou hast said in well acquainted with daughters by t ml b,'' during the breeding years (1971) before presented some of the in- know that it might be and fearless otter; mild thine heart, I will ascend Helen and her folks. They when the family ii,, season which usually another otter was formation he has collected possible in most of our and loving to his own into heaven, I will exalt were very nice people;visit to ' means "love in otter reported in northeastern to the Oki ahoma lifetimes to see wild River kinds, and gentle with his my throne above the stars Helen was a very nice girl. Jessie language. Now Clarence Oklahoma. Academy of Science. Four Otters playing on the neighbors of the stream; of Go@ I will sit also upon We had alot of visits and had three will have to wait until Within thelastdecade, River Otters were also ac- banks of a central full of play and gladness the mount of the con- talks together, soyousee Jane "Sadie" ,; next February for the the sightings of otters in cidently trapped in beaver Oklahoma river, in life, full of courage in gregation, in the sides of I knew Helen very well. I Duggins, Naomi .i baby otters to hopefully eastern Oklahoma have control projects whichI was going to make a his stress; ideal in his the north: do know that they lived {Perdue) Lewis, appear, rapidly increased. Almost enabled Hatcher to ex-pitch several weeks ago in home, steadfast in death; 14 I will ascend abovethere as early as January, tie Perdue a boUi : Clarence was excited to all sightings are fromamine specimens of River behalf of the Oklahomathe noblest little soul that the heights of the clouds; 1922 as we moved on myvery little is tell me that 10 River Ot- rivers that flow into or Otters from Oklahoma. Nongame Wildlife Pro- ever went fourfooted I will be Jke the most Grandma's place in I would gre~, ; ters from Louisiana had out of Arkansas. This He found that otters gram. Hopefully many of through the woods." High. February, 1922 and they preciate heari : been released in easternmay indicate that otters were eating primarily you checked off on your Oklahoma by the are moving from Arkan-crayfish in Oklahoma state income tax form to If you would like to help 15 Yet thou shall be were already settled in anyonewith Oklahoma Department of sas into Oklahoma since along with salamandersdonate a portion of your the otter and other brought down to hell, towell. tion about th!s Wildlife Conservation. Arkansas has good and an occasional fish. state refund {if you were nongame wildlife in the sides of the pit. Thankyou The five males and five populations of otters.Hatcher's study also in- lucky enough to receive Oklahoma, donations can 16 They that see thee What happened after sideration in females were fitted with Richard T. Hatcher, a dicated that otters are in- one!) to this special pro- be sent to the Nongame thee,shall narrowlyand considerlk uponthee, That is when we moved to1925 I wouldn't know. radio biotelemetry Furbearer Biologist with creasing in numbers ingram. Your money will Wildlife Program, devices which put out a the Oklahoma Depart- Oklahoma and that their help support studies and Oklahoma Department of saying, Is this the man Ponca City but when my signal which can be ment of Wildlife Conser- range may expand into management on nongame Wildlife Conservation, that made the earth to folks went to Perkins Ms.1721EllenGen , monitored to follow the vation, has been the central Oklahoma. The wildlife. Nongame wildlife 1801 N. Lincoln, tremble, that did shake three or four times a year New Albany, otter s movements, leader in otter studies in transplanting of more at- are those wildlife species Oklahoma City, OK kingdoms. -o. they would go see Mr. Sporn and Helen. ....... 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