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Re: was claws/now conservationists

Did you hear about the cougar that was trapped in Omaha?  And now they think
there's another one in town.  Rich in Z-5
----- Original Message -----
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2003 3:05 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] 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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