Folks have to understand that butterflies are a barometer in the environment. Anytime you make changes in the ecosystem it affects more than one species. Butterflies may get the attention (and rightfully so) but they are the canary in the coal mine. We need to pay attention!
No need for a knee jerk reaction. The facts speak for themselves: interfering in the habits of elk is going to be detrimental to the health of them and other animals who share the same environment. No one is saying not to hunt; hunt: just remember that fewer elk will be healthier elk, you…
Excellent article. Once again nature suffers because humans feel like they can do it better. Next time hunters gripe about wolves and grizzlies killing “their” elk they should look at this shoddy practice of feeding wild elk and realize that we are the problem not them.
There is no good reason for this. What a dam shame
Excellent article! His insight into what needs to be done collectively is on point. People need to make a solid decision to correct things even if it might be painful for a bit. We need to be willing to sacrifice to achieve the best outcome.
Tony, good point. Livestock owners should realize that cows are just another form of prey when left to wander the landscape. Losing a few calves a year will not break the bank, it is the cost of doing business.
Wolves had to be brought "back" because we wiped them out. I am disheartened that you are ignorant of how ecosystems really work. When man interferes is when problems begin. Hunters are the reason wolves were wiped out. Look at YNP and you don't see wildlife being wiped out: on the contra…