Recently the Bush administration proposed relaxing restrictions on controlled aerial shootings of coyotes and wolves in certain designated wilderness areas. While some believe this is bad policy, others like former Fish and Wildlife specialist Jim Beers believe it is an important tool in conservation management. Comments Beers: “Predator control is only done for the good of our society. Wilderness Areas are like any other land unit that harbors harmful predators such as coyotes and cougars that threaten other wildlife, rural communities, businesses, and persons. As wolves and coyotes decimate western elk and antelope herds and cougar attacks on people increase, I applaud the Administration for reestablishing this common sense and time-proven wildlife management practice.”

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