Liv­ing with wildlife

EQUUS - - Letters -

Read­ing “No Good Deed?” by Karl Phaler (“Push and Pull,” EQUUS 490), my first thought was con­cern for the elk. Laws vary state to state, but I found web­sites that ad­mon­ish, “Never feed deer or elk. It is bad for them, helps spread dis­ease and cre­ates prob­lems for you and your neigh­bors.” In­stead, two types of fenc­ing are sug­gested: wo­ven wire, to a height of at least 84 inches, or elec­tric fenc­ing, to a height of at least 80 inches.

The good deed done by Mr. Phaler--pro­vid­ing hay and wa­ter for elk dur­ing a drought---warms my heart. How­ever, some­times by lov­ing an­i­mals we can harm them. It is bet­ter for the elk, and in this case fi­nan­cially bet­ter, to fence them out. The cost of feed­ing the elk would, in the long run, far ex­ceed fenc­ing costs. (I am a ranch owner with a Mas­ter of Sci­ence in bi­ol­ogy and more than 50 years of eques­trian ex­pe­ri­ence.) Lisa Wood Lake­side, Cal­i­for­nia

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