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Address cause at Arboretum

The Spokesman-Review

It seems like we never learn.

In 2007 the same emergency surplus of ducks was creating problems in Manito Park as is currently being experienced with ground squirrels at Finch Arboretum. Steve Nittolo and his park crew did not solve the problem by killing the ducks but by working to combat the cause. Reports indicate it is again free handouts from the public which encourage overpopulation of the vulnerable squirrels and the resulting destruction of their environment. Sound familiar?

Surely, we are intelligent enough to avoid the horror of burying these innocent creatures alive in their homes. We must find nonlethal ways to deal with wildlife, and if we cannot, then maybe we need to put up a few “Watch where you walk” signs and enjoy having a Finch Arboretum and ground squirrel preserve until nature takes its course and the population, as most populations do, controls itself.

Chris Anderlik

Executive secretary, Animal Advocates of Inland Northwest

Liberty Lake


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