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Species control needed

Frederick Bardelli (Feb. 24) decries the killing of wolves as a “culture of death” and reminds us that “animals suffer as much as we do. …” These premises depend on one’s point of view.

Last spring I witnessed a robin pulling a worm out of my lawn and thought, “What a pleasant and lovely scene.” The worm likely thought otherwise. Likewise, a mother elk down and helpless giving birth, while being attacked by a pack of wolves, as I also witnessed in the Frank Church Wilderness some years ago.

Humankind has practiced species control for some 10,000 years. It seems prudent to continue doing so to some degree, using common sense along with good science and, yes, compassion.

Robert Wilson


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