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In the article Reason for Optimism regarding Isle Royale and the wolf population therein it was stated, "A healthy park ecosystem includes a variety of wildlife and abundant food sources." This also holds true for the greater Yellowstone and the surrounding areas.

Without predators the elk, buffalo and moose would starve to death as their food sources dwindle because they have outgrown their food supply. What don't the people of Montana understand about this? The wolf is a vital part of the ecosystem, not an animal to be killed for "sport."

As humans reach 8 billion in population it's time we take a look at the destruction we've done to our planet and to those who travel on earth with us. Each living being has a purpose; I'm beginning to wonder what ours is.

Mattie Whitehouse


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