Letters to the Editor

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Tag: wildlife


FORESTS: ‘Big Timber’ uses elk-friendly practices

Re: “Industry practices may harm elk and humans” (letter, 11-12).

I am a retired Weyerhaeuser forester and am insulted by the charge that “Big Timber” management is damaging to elk and humans.

From employment day one we are charged with using sustainable practices to protect the land, trees, vegetation and wildlife. We select harvesting and reforestation practices based on the soil, elevation and micro-climate.

Herbicides are chosen to control certain competitive species for the initial few years of replanting an area. The herbicides are applied so as not to enter any adjacent waters. Application considers weather, wildlife and nearby habitation.

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WILDLIFE: Are creatures sending us a message?

I have lived in the Puget Sound area for 84 years. Each year, I have noted the mating habits of some of the local wildlife.

Each year, the frogs in the nearby swamps began croaking their mating call about mid-February. The swallows returned about March 12. The robins began singing their mating call about mid-April.

In 2014, the frogs never did utter their mating call, the swallows didn’t return until April 20, and it is almost June and I have yet to hear a robin singing.

I’m wondering whether these animals could be sensitive to changes in the environment that

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RACCOONS: Be aware when on wildlife’s turf

The attack on my neighbor by raccoons was horrendous (TNT, 7-11), and my heart goes out to her. But we need to understand our responsibility to residential wildlife.

First, we are the encroachers. We have developed this area until there is little refuge left; the remaining wildlife survive by living near us, not by choice but by necessity.

There once were two dozen raccoons that roamed my area. Now there are five, with only two or three kits among them. Coyotes, dogs, starvation and cars have seen to that.

We have to be aware when we step into their

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CATS: Development hurts wildlife more

Re: “Beloved pets are decimating wildlife” (letter, 2-14).

I wonder where the letter writer got the idea that cats are decimating wildlife. As a point of interest, Nico Dauphin, a bird researcher for the Smithsonian’s National Migratory Bird Research Center, was fired after being convicted of animal cruelty after being caught on film trying to poison cats.

Her false statistics on feral and domestic cats killing more than a billion birds a year has been debunked by the American Bird Conservatory and the Wildlife Society. The real reason for the decrease in bird population is loss of habitat through

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CATS: Beloved pets are decimating wildlife

Re: “Dial C for cat” (Bill Hall column, 2-11).

I normally enjoy Hall’s column. Unfortunately, this one is so far from reality that I must respond from a naturalist’s point of view.

To be blunt, cats directly kill 500 million wild birds a year in America alone. They also kill millions more indirectly. All the proof you need is to observe any meadow adjacent to a new housing development.

Before people and their cats arrive, a meadow is a healthy environment that provides much-needed habit and forage for birds. Before long (a few years) trees will have filled in

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FORESTS: Mankind must be good stewards

Re: “Public’s input on wildlife needed” (Viewpoint, 4-28).

I was pleased to read the excellent opinion piece by Mark Quinn highlighting the need for stronger protections for our national forests. I agree that the proposed U.S. Forest Service rules need to be strengthened in the areas of wildlife and watershed protection, public participation and the use of sound science.

As a resident and pastor for 40 years here in Tacoma, I am well aware that our national forests in Washington state are essential to the quality of life for every person whether they hike, ski, hunt, fish, camp, kayak or

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