03/02/12 - 8:46am
Concerning predator control on the Kenai Peninsula, I think the ideal strategy is to "laissez-faire," as in, let nature do its thing. A classic ecological principle states that over time, the predator-prey populations will keep each other in check. Too bad we are impatient, and most of us prefer short-term satisfaction to long-term sustainability. We want fewer bears and wolves in exchange for more moose meat. Yes, killing more bear and wolf results in more moose, but not when habitat is the limiting factor; especially in winters when vital food like willow and aspen is buried in the snow.