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RE: was claws/now conservationists

Here in our part of Iowa (east central), our deer population has reached
such a high number that it has actually attracted a critter that has
been gone for this state for more than 100 years...the cougar. Near
where Mardi lives, there have been several sightings of a very large,
male cougar. I'm sure the farmers will not be happy with this
development! And it's in an urban area, too, so I'm sure the city folk
aren't happy about it either. My poor 11 year old daughter Meghan came
home from school the other day very upset, in tears, over our county's
plan to hire sharpshooters to take down the deer population by
harvesting about 350 of them this fall...after a very loud and involved
debate on the morality/ethics of this with her father and I, she
eventually came up with the not-so-incorrect conclusion that human
beings have been quite stupid in their management of the world's
resources to this point in time. I wasn't able to find much fault with
that conclusion.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Sun 10/12, Donna  < justme@prairieinet.net > wrote:
From: Donna  [mailto: justme@prairieinet.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2003 15:42:27 -0500
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Re: claws

See that is the problem in a nut shell.... fix one problem, you
get<br>another.<br><br>Can't say as I have seen any wolves here, but the
foxes are definitely<br>on the rise....<br><br>Donna<br><br>> Generally
I enjoy the wildlife. I<br>> > think it's astonishing to think about all
the life going on around<br>us<br>> that<br>> we<br>> > are barely aware
of. But I don't enjoy having the coyotes. In my<br>mind<br>> they<br>> >
are invasive aliens, just like some plants. Maybe they were
native<br>to<br>> this<br>> > area once, but certainly not for a couple
of centuries. I really<br>think<br>> of<br>> them<br>> > as belonging in
the West - but what do I know? Auralie<br>> ><br>> <br>> Auralie,<br>>
It is my understanding that the coyotes at one time were<br>limited<br>>
to<br>> the Plains. However, with the expatriation (extermination) of
the<br>Wolf,<br>> the<br>> coyotes' population exploded with the removal
of this TOp Dog. In<br>> Yellowstone, where the wolves have been
reintroduced, the coyotes<br>> population<br>> has been reduced by 50%
in some areas, and the red fox numbers have<br>> increased.<br>> <br>>
Betsy<br>> Evergreen Co<br>>
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