Yes, prey populations would come back long after the wolves decimate it and start dying out themselves due to starvation. It's a vicious cycle.
You should just tell these folks to they should also consider reintroducing wolves to the Appalachians, Catskills, and Berkshires to help control deer populations there with natural predators and see how they feel once their family pets and people get on the menu.
I didn't see any comments on fires and I don't know your specific position, but fires are a different matter. Smaller controlled fires help burn off underbrush and excess fuel, which helps protect against bigger fires burning out of control and ravaging larger areas of land. Controlled logging helps do the same, but the eco-nuts are irrationally against everything with a human touch. In the east we typically sell off trees off properties periodically to loggers, cut roads, and clear underbrush. To let it all go wild is inviting large scale disaster.
posted on 02/16/2004 9:59:22 AM PST
("Man's capacity for self-deception is unlimited." --George H Tausch)
I was talking about out of control fires on unthinned, and unlogged land.
I agree controlled burns are important as well as logging, and thinning for a healthy forest and healthy wildlife.
Reminds me of the conversation I had with a professor, (who is paid by our resource based tax dollars) at the University of Idaho. He told me humans were murderers because we salvage the dead, burned timber that many important bugs, and beetles need to live on.
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