Re "Wildlife management needed" (Letters, Jan. 30): I strongly disagree with Mark Hennelly's assertion that control of native predators is needed to save ground-nesting bird populations. After habitat destruction, the domestic cat, responsible for 2.4 billion bird deaths a year, surely has a much greater impact on ground-nesters than skunks and raccoons. (Ironically, the cancelled Department of Fish and Wildlife clinic would have promoted killing coyotes, which prey on raccoons and skunks, contributing to a stable and healthy ecosystem.)
Hennelly also writes that removing arctic foxes from the nesting habitat of the Aleutian goose led to the rebounding of its numbers. True. But he fails to explain that foxes had been introduced to the Aleutian islands by fur traders. Thanks to humans, the non-native foxes, with no natural enemies, flourished and nearly drove the geese to extinction. Using this example as an argument for killing our native predators is woefully misguided and misleading.
-- Janet Krovoza, Davis