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June 3, 1931

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JUNE 3, 1931 10HN j. WHITE TIST Surgery 12S HOSPITAL Island--the place where repose soothes ragged renews health and happi- i~x Spring Housecleaning ]DENNIS HOUSE CLEANER Washer ESTIMATES Spring or Fall, best of all. Island Lodge,F.&A.II. MASTil;R SECRETARY PAGE NINE A MISGUIDED GOPHER I By W. E. Allen Biological Feature Service When walking along a fairway of the golf course of the La Jolla Club recently a companion called nly at- tention to a mound of dirt thrown up beside the mouth of a burrow made by a pocket gopher. This mound was a few yards from the rough, un- cultivated ground fronl which the fair- way had been developed and it ap- peared that the animal had come fronl the wild ground tothatwhich was nlore attractive to him as well as to his human enemies. This was a risky nlove for him. Golfers do not like gopher holes or gopher mounds and greens keepers are expected to kill gophers which get active ou fairways. This adven- turer was probably trapped or poi- soned within a few days after his in- vasion. Be that as it may, he had succeed- ed in making his mark nmch more plainly than is common with gophers. Not only was the dirt piled in a mound unusually high, but some dirt was brought from a depth at which whitish sand lay under the top soil. ~. On this account the nlound was ex- i ceptkmally conspicuous and sure to at- tract the attention of a trapper. If this gopher had been content to stay iu wild ground he might have re- mained undisturbed by mail and he might have performed a service ill the cycles of Nature which would compen- sate to a large extent for the damage done by him to wild vegetation. The mixture of soils in the mound of this gopher showed very clearly that he and other burrowing animals do a great deal of mixing which must be helpful to certain kinds of wild plants. 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Lad) Attendant Los Angeles, California Most probable, perhaps, is the sup- , position that the gopher polmlation " IF INTERESTED IN AVALON SUBSCRIBE FOR THE ISLANDER FOLKS TO LOOK WELL M" ALL TIMES % fitLy ATTENDED TO AT THE Hotel ) (like most other potmlations) tends to increase more rapidly than it can find space, shelter and food for its accom- nlodation. As a result of this increase some individuals must be continuously taking new risks or rrreeting new hardships in an effort to nlake a liv- ing. ]t may have been that this go_ pher found so much strife and com- ])etitiotl amongst his fellows that he felt obliged to :hOve into territory not already taken by some of them. With life in danger at home he may haxe been fully justified in risking" a trial t)f open gr()und. Another supposition seems to he al- most as good as this. 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