The Carbon River district should within a few years furnish some real sport for the followers of good old Isaac Walton. In the past, many thousands of fish furnished by the State Fish and Game Commission from the State Hatcheries, have been planted in the Carbon district. The majority of these have gone into Mowich Lake, Lakes Ethel and James and Mystic Lake. This season Assistant Chief Ranger James Brantner has just completed the planting of 105,000 more Rainbow and Montana Black-spot fry in his district. At the same time 15,000 eggs and 17,000 fingerlings have been planted in the White River district.
Later in the fall it is planned to plant some 200,000 more fish in the Nisqually and Ohanapecosh districts. Three years from now these fish will be well beyond the size limit. We hope they remain as hungry as they are when little.
The National Park Rangers are famous for their friendly smile and willingness to go to any length to be of service to the parks visitors but that they will go to equal length to bring to justice offenders who jeopardize the forests and wild life of the Park was shown recently by four arrests.
Three men, E. Phelps, Lenn A. Lougheed and William Knutt were brought before United States Commissioner Edward S. Hall and convicted on the charge of leaving their camp fire burning. Ranger Oscar Sedrgren of Mowich Lake walking 32 miles thru the snow to appear against them. Each were fined ten dollars.
John Thanos of Fairfax, Washington, also accused of leaving a fire and defacing trees and cabins by carving his name upon them, was arrested in the Carbon River district and fined fifty dollars.
Fire is the arch-enemy of the forests and we could suffer no greater loss than to have the magnificent timber of the park burned over. The penalties imposed were none too stringent.
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