Originally Posted by Don Kirk
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.