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Old Oct 17, 2009, 8:51 PM   #11
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Reintroduction of species is hard, because in many instances their natural predators , in this case, probably wolves are missing from the environment.

We have both...no reintroduction...just the maintained status. It seems to work well...there is a wax and a wane to both populations but nature seems to work well.

However reintroduction of a top of the food chain predator, like the wolf is very difficult in an area where they were extirpated many years ago. Generally people who haven't a history of living in the same area as a top line predator have a fear and deep misgivings of such a reintroduction.

So maybe herd culls through a limited hunting season is the only solution.
And, the problem with reintroduction of the natural predator is that we have introduced domestic food supplies for predators like wolves and mountain lions that are much easier targets than elk. If you're a wolf, which would you rather go after, an elk or an Angus calf?

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And, the problem with reintroduction of the natural predator is that we have introduced domestic food supplies for predators like wolves and mountain lions that are much easier targets than elk. If you're a wolf, which would you rather go after, an elk or an Angus calf?

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Up here we have lot's of farmers and ranchers and it's true, they do lose some stock to predation from wolves, etc. But for the most part the wolves seem to go for deer, both Mule and White Tail, Elk and Moose.
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Nice pics, though it would have been nice if you could have kept the cars out of the background. Let's hope that before long, there will be a sizeable elk herd roaming all over the southern Appalachians.
OK, mtnman, you challenged me so, here's a re-touched version. hope you like it better.

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