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Biologists of the Florida State Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission have similarly bugged wild deer to learn more about their movement patterns, feeding and resting periods, range distances and cover preferences. So far they have learned that the deer have a very limited "home range" of about one mile.
Something similar is going on with Texas deer.
And in Wisconsin's Lake Mendota, transmitters smaller than the eraser on a pencil have been introduced into the stomachs of white bass in an experiment intended to establish a workable system by which such fish as, say, salmon can be tracked far and deep.
A VOTE FOR DOPE
France's mountain-climbing, skiing Minister of Youth and Sports, Maurice Herzog, called upon the French Senate last week to outlaw and severely punish doping in sport. He was not referring to horse racing but to human competition.
"There exist," Herzog told the Senate, "veritable assassins even among the coaches of amateur clubs, who go so far as to give intravenous injections to 18-year-old youths. I am appealing to you not only as senators but as fathers."
Herzog was shouted and voted down. A doctor-senator argued that there were not enough doctors in France to make the necessary tests of blood, sweat, saliva and urine. Communist senators accused Herzog of introducing police to the playing fields. And in the end the senators amended his bill in such a way that it would authorize the use of drugs in sport, provided the drug was prescribed by a doctor. (And at racetracks, if prescribed by a veterinarian, perhaps?)
The administration of stimulants to athletes is, in fact, commonplace in European sports, but most especially in cycling. Cyclists talk openly to each other about the virtues and dangers of doping. It is strongly suspected in boxing, where fighters have been known recently to faint in the ring without other apparent reason.
Disappointed but undefeated, Herzog announced he would carry his fight to the National Assembly.
TIME FOR A CHANGE