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June 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wolf protections dropped in Lower 48 states

A step backward

Delisting gray wolves is a giant step backward and will undo all the progress we have made since 1995 [“Decision on wolf protections in Lower 48 delayed,” seattletimes.com, May 20].

Scientific evidence shows ecosystems improve with wolves in the picture. Research scientist and author of “The Wolf’s Tooth” Cristina Eisenberg explains: “Wolves nurture the entire ecosystem. If we eradicate wolves or lower their numbers, the whole system will grow impoverished and collapse.”

Douglas H. Chadwick, wildlife biologist concurs: “We’ve been practicing ‘scientific’ wildlife management for decades with a shaky grasp of how natural systems actually work. As the focus shifts, at last, from favored species toward biodiversity and community ecology, exciting new concepts such as trophic cascades and the keystone roles played by long-reviled predators come to the fore. This is the next level of conservation, as complex as it is crucial.”

Wolves are restoring the balance of nature. Let’s keep it that way.

Joan Amero, Portland, Ore.

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