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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009 * C3 Artificial feeding not ideal to help wildlife Despite record snowfall in some parts of the state, Washington De- partment of Fish and Wildlife biol- ogists say most deer, elk and other wildlife can survive the winter without food provided by humans. "We know the sight of hungry- looking deer in deep snow can be distressing," said Dave Brittell, de- partment assistant director for wildlife management. "Some peo- ple feel compelled to feed them. But artificial feeding can actually do more harm than good." For one thing, feeding can draw animals into areas near roads, leading to collisions with vehicles, he said. It also concerns wildlife biologists, because feeding con- centrates animals, making them more vulnerable to disease, preda- tors and poaching. Wildlife managers recognize the popularity of backyard bird feed- ing, but that, too, can spread dis- ease ff feeding stations are not kept clean, Brittell said. "Feeding is generally unneces- sary for most bird populations, but it does allow for close-up view- ing," he said. "We recommend that birders who choose to feed keep feeding stations clean to avoid spreading disease." Often, the best way to help wild animals in winter is to avoid dis- turbing them, allowing them to conserve vital energy, he said. Recommended actions include keeping dogs confined and slow- ing down while traveling in motor vehicles through wildlife habitat. Brittell said deer in good condi- tion generally can survive the win- ter on the season's limited natural food supplies. Moreover, it can take several weeks for a deer's di- gestive system to adjust to hay or other artificial feed. If they don't have enough fat reserves to get through the adjustment period, deer can die with bellies full of feed they can't digest. For this reason, sustaining deer or elk can be an expensive propo- sition, Brittell said. "One white-tailed deer can con- sume three to four pounds of pel- leted feed daily, which amounts to almost 500 pounds of feed over four months," he said. "Once feeding is started, animals come to expect it and may damage nearby landscape plants or agricultural areas if artificial food is discontin- ued before natural forage plants emerge in the spring." Although department officials discourage individuals from at- tempting to feed, they conduct winter elk feeding in a few special circumstances. For example, they feed elk from December through March at the Oak Creek Wildlife Area in south-central Washington, to prevent damage to nearby pri- vate cropland. The department also employs winter feeding as a short-term measure in some areas where winter range has been lost to wildfires, drought or other nat- ural changes in the landscape. "We feed in select cases for spe- cific reasons," Brittell said, "but it's neither effective nor desirable to feed wildlife on a broad scale." Wildlife biologists acknowledge that extreme and persistent winter conditions will take a toll on some wildlife populations. But that is just a fact of nature, he said. "Winter has always been the season that keeps wildlife popula- tions in balance with available habitat," he said. "People can't change that, and it can create real problems when they try to do so." For general information about winter wildlife feeding, go to http://wdfw, wa. gov. BY GREG FARRAR Kyle Blchich, Issaquah senior, is close to wrapping up a second-period pin against Eastlake's Tom Kuehny in their 145-pound match. Eagles FROM PAGE C1 Eastlake's Adam Nakanishi 10-1. Baunsgard improved to 10-4 on the season, including nonleague invitational meets. "He was really squirrelly, so I had to control his arms," Balm- " sgard said. "I had to resort to dif- ferent moves." Baunsgard said the jump to 4A competition has proved successful thus far for Issaquah. "We had Woodinville and could have done a little better. But so far, we can keep up with the higher- end guys in the league," he said. Brandon Peterson, of Issaquah, pinned A1 Charat in 1:09 in the 119-pound class. The Eagles' Jor- dan Tanner (125) beat Max Boucher by pin in 1:20, and ler Volk (171) beat Eastlake's Cameron Coyer by pin in 1:33. Eastlake's Trevor McKinnon (140) defeated Cody Duke by pin in 1:45, and in the 152-pound bout, the Wolves' Sam Boucher pinned Cristoff Delegdy in 1:03. Hyatt said he likes the outlook for the Eagles this season and pre- dicts they will run with the middle of the pack or better (around fourth place) in KingCo 4A. The key to that success? "My guys like to pin," Hyatt said. "I've got to teach them to do it with control." Register Jan. 1st $sol PONY LEAGUE 80' Bases & 54' Pitching Mound Ages 13-14 Skill Evals Sun., Feb. 22 PONY/COLT & PALOMINO 90' Bases & 60' Pitching Mound Ages 15-19 Pre-formed Teams Welcome Volunteers Needed BY RYAN PIERSOL Newport's lan Case (left) latches onto the leg of Uberty's Malcom Dike during the 171-pound championship match of the liberty Invitational. Patriots FROM PAGE C1 to Andrew Smith, of Kent-Merid- ian, 11-4, at 140, while Malcom Dike lost a 7-2 decision to Ian Case, of Newport, in the 171- pound championship match. Even though those three Patri- ots failed to win their weight classes, they picked up valuable team points. When those points combined with points derived from a large amount of third- place finishes, Liberty found it- self atop the team standings. "We have a good tournament team, because we have overall depth throughout," Brown said. "And tournaments are great. It's nice to have personal Champi- onships, but the whole goal is to get to state. And this is a stepping- off point on our way to state." Liberty wrestlers who earned third place at the tournament were: Dan Velasquez at 103, Corbin Beltz at 119, Matt Weik at 125, Jay Chakravarty at 152, Brandon Studer at 160 and Cole- ton Langdon at 285. Langdon's third-place match came against teammate Nolan Leifer and ended in a fall at 1:12. Newport, Interlake, River Ridge and Highline also competed at the eight-team invitational. "We saw some quality wrestlers out here. We usually see some different schools in this tournament and it has continued to be a good tournament for us," Brown said. "As a team, we're progressing. We have five to eight wrestlers we're hoping to take to state, which means we've come a long way in the last three years." Reach Reporter Ryan Piersol at 392- 6434, ext. 246, or rpiersol@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press, com. Correction Jacob Kemmerer, a member of the Issaquah High School base- ball team that placed third in the state 3A tournament last May, was misidentified in a story ap- pearing in the Dec. 31 issue. Patriot grad leads CWU Liberty High School graduate Hilary Tanneberg grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds for Cen- tral Washington University women's basketball team Jan. 10, when the Wildcats lost to Northwest Nazarene 77-63. Tanneberg also had six points and blocked two shots. Three firsts for Cal Lutheran swimmer Jill Minehan, an Issaquah High School graduate, won two events and swam as a member of a win- ning relay team to help the Cali- fornia Lutheran women's swim- ruing team cruise by Whittier College 153-68. Minehan won the 200 freestyle in two minutes, 4.5 seconds and the 200 butterfly in 2:14.60. She also swam a leg on the winning 400-medley relay. Earlier this month, Minehan won the 100-yard butterfly at the California Lutheran Invitational. She finished the event in 59.39. ry Christmas Issaquah Fund Helping neighbors help themselves Tc :al: $56,353 from 180 donors 2008 Fund Goal: $50,000 Thank You! to this week's donors: J.D. & I.W.M. Crouch Douglas & Amanda Strombom Sally Low Judith Riddell Randy & Kathy Monroe, in honor of Doug.& Mary Joanne Engle, in memory of her husband Frank Engle Michael & Sandra Nygaard Levi Cannon & Larry Lohrman N. G. & O.D. Scarborcugh Clare Hayes Dorothy E. Clark Garry & Kren Wilson Amy & Stanley Owings Kiwanis Club of Issaqual- Tom & Betty Gentsch lan Breuser Jeanne & Art Butt 2 anonymous BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER SkTllne's David Jett takes a breath during the 200-yard medley relay against Newport. He helped the team place second with a time of 1:52.90. Swimming FROM PAGE C1 also placed second and third in the 200 freestyle relay -- 1:41.96 and 1:43.91, respectively -- and third in the 400-freestyle relay with a time of 4:10.62. "There weren't any really, re- ally over-the-top swims, but they all really tried hard," Simpkins said. "It was a really good team effort for our guys." In addition to diving, Skyline won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle events. Freshman standout David Jett qualified for the district meet in the 50 free with a time of 23.74 sec- onds. Teammate Mitch Kim came in second in 24.66 sec- onds. Jett also set a district time when he won the 100 free in 53.94 seconds. Skyline freshman Marber placed third in the 100 butterfly, about a second behind the dis- trict time. He finished in 1:06.35. Newport's Dehlan Gwo won in 1:00.01. Skyline swimmers took second and fifth in the 100 breaststroke. Marber posted a district time (1:12.53) and Jonathan Hong swam it in 1:21.43. For a relatively inexperienced team, Simpkins said she is im- pressed with the freshman class and solid leadership from the seniors this year. "We're doing really, really well. It's an incredibly strong fresh- man team. Our seniors are great leaders," Simpkins said. "It's pretty much where we thought we would be at." Reach Reporter Christopher Huber at 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. @eryone 00eeds a 00itth 00elp aed 00rhen... Stress Patty Groves, M.A. Depression Issaquah Creek Counseling Center Life Transitions 545 Rainier Blvd. N., Issaquah Loss and Grief www.issaquahcreekcounseling.com Relationship Problems 425 898-1700 MEDICAL/DENTAL DIRECTORY OF ISSAQUAH CHIROPRACTORS Kiahanie Chiropractic Dr. Ken Lichtenwalter, B.A., D.C. Dr. Benjamin Britton, D.C., C.C.S.P. Located in the Kiahanie Village Shopping Ca'. (425) 391-5050 COUNSELING & River Valley Psychological Services 5837 221st P1. S.E. Issaquah, WA 98027 (425) 391-0887 Sharon Pellegrini, Patient Care Coordinator Kevin Connolly, Ph.D. Kim Blake, Ph.D Marisol Hanley, Ph.D Mary Hendrickson, Ph.D. Elizabeth Irwin, Ph.D Beatrice Joe, LMFT Maria Elena Lara, Ph.D. Nancy Martin, MN, ARNP, CS George Recknagel, Ph.D. Heidi Summers, M.D. John Sutton-Gamache, Ph.D Launi Treece, Ph.D. Heidi Vander Pol, PsyD. Sharon Young, Psy.D. DENTISTS Barry Feder, D.D.S., P.S. Mark Gmanaek, D.D.S. Family Dentistry 450 NW Gilman Blvd., Suite 103 Issaquah, (425) 392-7541 Jonathan A. Levey, D.D.S. Pine Lake Denlal/Medieal Center 22725 SE 29th Street, #B Sammamish, (425) 391-5511 Michael Scoles, D.M.D. Family DentisVy 600 NW Gilman Blvd., Suite B Issaquah, (425) 392-6466 OPTHAMOLOGISTS Eye Clinic of Issaquah 450 NW Gilman Blvd., Suite 202 Issaquah, (425) 391-8602 www. eyeclinicofbellevue, corn James L. Stroh, M.D. Stephanie T. Phan, M.D. Michael Rizen, M.D. Ph.D OPTOMETRISTS Dr. Walter V. Cassidy Dr. Stephan L. Cassidy Issaquah Vision Clinic 450 NW Gilman Blvd., Suite 104 Issaquah, (425) 392-8756, (425) 747-8283 NewVision EyeCare Kerry J. Moscevitz, O.D. Pine Lake Dental-Medical Center 22741 SE 29th Street Sammamish, (425) 392-2196 www.newvision-eyecare.cem PHYSICIANS Mark F. Bressler, M.D. Issaquah Dermatology Issaquah Professional Center 85 NW Alder PI., Suite A Issaquah, (425) 391-5533 VIRGINIA MASON ISSAQUArI 100 NE Gilman Blvd. (425) 557-8000 Primary Care Family Practice Internal Medicine Pediatrics Specialty Care Audiology/Hearing Aid Services Gastroenterology General Surgery Ophthalmology Cataract Surgery Laser Refractive Surgery Corneal Transplants Optometry Contacts & Glasses Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, & Throat) Occupational Therapy Podiatry Urology Paid Advcrtiscmcnt