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SNOWMOBILE – Snow Digest

November 28, 2005
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Lawsuit Claims Caribou Need More Protection
A lawsuit filed by the Selkirk Conservation Alliance against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service seeks to limit snowmobiles from caribou habitat in the Selkirk Mountains. This 450,000 acre area is located in northeastern Washington and northern Idaho, near the Canadian border. It’s near Priest Lake, Idaho, a popular snowmobile area.
The suit contends only three caribou remain in this area and that the named agencies have not done enough to protect the species. There is disagreement over why caribou numbers have not increased. Predators and logging have also been blamed.

Bieda to Focus on Dealer Association
Bieda Powersports, Fenwick, Ontario, has cancelled its running of the 2005 Snowmobile World Cup of Grass Drags. It had been scheduled to run on Aug. 20 and 21. World Cup promoters Henry and Stephen Bieda had been facing declining returns in recent years and decided to focus efforts into other ventures, including the Canadian Powersports Dealer Association.
This association, founded by Stephen Bieda, will work to build a nationwide network of more professional powersports dealers. For more information on the association, visit www.cspda.com. The 88-acre powersports park, where the snowmobile drags were held, will likely become the location of an outdoor ATV show.

Polaris Cancels WOW Ride
Polaris Industries, Medina, Minn., has cancelled its 2006 U.S. Way Out Women (WOW) fund raising relay, citing a lack of applicants to snowmobile in the event. Polaris had solicited riders through its Web site, but had an inconsistent response throughout the targeted states.
The multi-national event, which was launched in 2004, raises money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2004, women from the east and west coasts of the U.S. and the east and west coasts of Canada snowmobiled relay-style across their home states, ending in Roseau, Minn. The event raised $376,108 for the foundation. The WOW ride will take place in Canada. Polaris external relations manager Marlys Knutson said the company expects to plan a U.S. even for 2007.

Light Gets Canadian Patent
Helmetlight Inc., Anchorage, Alaska, has received a Canadian patent for its Lead-Dog Helmet Light. It received a U.S. patent in 2002. The Lead-Dog Helmet Light mounts on a snowmobile helmet and provides a halogen spot, tail and brake light.

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