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Old 02-06-2013, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Don Kirk View Post
Man has spent a couple thousand years trying to get rid of the wolves and otters.
That doesn't mean it was the best thing for the ecosystem, and for the size of game as a whole.

Predators have a positive impact on the population of the prey species as a whole.

The people who end up complaining are always people trying to keep an unnatural number of raised animals in a small confined area - easy target for the predators. Otters can't wipe out a freestone stream but can decimate a catfish farm... Wolves and mountain lions didn't kill off the buffalo, but can destroy a sheep goat or cow farm. Why? An unnatural overabundance of prey in a confined area.
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