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Outdoors: Maintaining Animal Populations Can be Complicated

posted Mar 27, 2014, 12:56 PM by chloe owens

3/13/14, by Mark Blazis, Telegram

Outdoors: Maintaining animal populations can be complicated

…While most Massachusetts communities have had success enlisting the free help of hunters to control deer numbers, some anti-hunters and others just fed up with excessive reproduction in their towns are looking for additional solutions, including sterilization and reintroduction of natural predators. Bobcats, coyotes and bears already are taking their share of fawns each spring.  But could Massachusetts ever again support viable populations of cougars and wolves?  Both predators were, after all, natural residents here long before the arrival of Pilgrims and Native Americans. Cornell University’s Dr. Bernd Blossey, a native of Germany, believes wolves can become re-established in the East…