Wolves beneficial to ecosystems
Delisting gray wolves would be a giant step backward and undo the progress we have made since 1995 [“Fed plan would end gray wolf protection,” NWSaturday, April 27].The unfounded fear and hatred of wolves by hunters and ranchers is fueled by inaccuracies and misconceptions. Statistics compiled by Cornell University for the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that more livestock deaths are from non-predator-related causes than predators, and those predators are more likely to be coyotes, cougars, bobcats, or dogs than wolves.
Scientific evidence shows ecosystems improve with wolves in the picture. Not only are riverbanks, trees and vegetation impacted in a positive manner, but an elk who provided food to a wolf pack also feeds bears, coyotes, ravens and magpies, to name a few, who benefit from wolves on the landscape.
Wolves have restored the balance of nature. Let’s keep it that way.
Joan Amero, Portland, Ore.