February 28, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Washington state wolf population grows; elk cause farmers trouble
If wolves make comeback, nature can provide balance
I wonder if anyone else noticed the irony of having a story on Tuesday’s Northwest section front about the growth of our wolf population in Washington [“Wolf population doubled in Washington over past year,” NWTuesday, Feb. 26], with the reference, as always, to how many elk wolves eat, and then the story on page four of the same section concerning the issue of too many elk [“Expanding elk herds run into trouble, farmers say,” NWTuesday, Feb. 26]!
Granted, the wolves are not where they can assist with this latter problem right now, but that is why we need healthy populations of both predators and prey. Too many deer and elk can be very damaging and is indeed not good for these animals themselves, nor for the habitat in which they and the rest of us live.
Nature would have it be a balance. How things got out of balance in the first place was by eliminating the predator half of the equation.
Jeanne Brown, Redmond
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