We all know myths about large carnivores abound in our culture. Indeed, recitation of these grim tales has bolstered public support for predator erradication in the U.S. for more than a century.
Over the past several decades, however, more and more science on the ecological role of large predators is coming to light. Scientists from Oregon State University have recently published even more confirmation that healthy ecosystems need large carnivores - particuarly wolves - to maintain the proper balance of flora and fauna.
I remain hopeful that science (and well, just plain rational thought really) will rule at the end of the day. The ongoing killing of carnivores to purportedly encourage game herds or protect livestock is not only unethical, it makes no sense at all.