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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 23, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Packwood’s elk

What about scare tactics?

Humans always want to have their cake and eat it too — or in this case, elk [“Elk in Packwood could soon be hunted,” News, Oct. 15].

Whenever people start moving into the animals’ territory, it’s a given they will have nowhere else to go but backyards, and in Packwood’s case, in front yards.

It’s exasperating that on the one hand people go out of their way to feed the elk, and then when they come around for free food, people get annoyed when they trample their yards.

You can’t have it both ways. But as is usually the case, when a few people complain, killing the animals is always the first solution.

Put the guns and bows and arrows away and come up with a humane plan. What about scare tactics or some sort of barrier. Maybe the people who can’t stand a less-than-perfect yard could move.

It sounds absolutely insane to expand the hunting areas, making them closer to the freeway.

Humans and wildlife can live together, but the humans need to be a little more creative and patient and a lot less willing to resolve conflicts with weapons.

— Gayle Janzen, Seattle

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