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Wildlife’s best friend

Dear Editor:Hysteria about dogs destroying wildlife is a self-serving fallacy being erroneously propagated by government cronies wanting to keep their “cake jobs” through appeasement of a high-profile local tourist industry and a few squeaky wheels. I wonder if the well-meaning hikers who carried two fawns off Smuggler Mountain also partake in the consumption of America’s annually slaughtered 150 million cows or 8.9 billion chickens. Colorado issues annual hunting licenses for bears, mountain lions, mountain goats, big horn sheep, turkey, deer, elk, etc. These kills of the strongest and best trophies in the herd total thousands every year. DOW has certainly killed more wildlife each year than a domestic dog would manage in a lifetime. Open Space & Trails specifically pointed out that fawns have a special camouflage protecting them from coyotes and dogs. Last week Dale Will referred to local coyote habitat areas as “mountain parks.” Perhaps without the unleashed bear-deer-murdering dogs running amuck in the “parks,” all predation of wild animals will gleefully end. Heads up! It’s not a “park,” but the entrance to a vast expanse of wilderness. If hikers found two bleary-eyed pups alone without protection they would probably carry them off to their demise; after all, they too, are cute. Once again, it is proven that the greatest danger to wildlife is an encounter with man. Some Aspenites may not like that pet dogs scare wildlife from human-used trails, but the outcome is greatly advantageous to the wild animals. I’ll continue to praise any dog that warns the wildlife to stay away from the trails and towns of the overabundant, gun-toting, or bike-pedaling-ticket-writing hominids.M. vanSuchtelenAspen

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