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Kill a cow, save an elk

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Bryce Andrews, in describing how he killed a wolf that had preyed upon some cattle in Montana, refuses to take responsibility for the conflicts he has created for our wildlife by placing livestock among our wildlife on our public lands (HCN, 8/20/07).

Every cow on public lands is eating forage that would otherwise support native species like elk. Even the mere presence of livestock can socially displace native species like elk, leaving fewer native prey for wolves to feed upon. And it is an outrage that anyone should be permitted to kill our wildlife, particularly an endangered species, merely to facilitate the private profit of a destructive and outdated industry.

George Wuerthner
Richmond, Vermont

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