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Protection of Endangered Species

December 23, 1990

In regard to the story on wildlife "overpopulation" in national parks, monuments, etc., I would offer another solution not considered in the article: Declare an open season on developers, vacation homeowners, ranchers using public lands, logging operation and mineral companies who are in hot pursuit of the almighty dollar in the lands surrounding our natural treasures.

The problem in fact is not too many animals. The problem is that there is not enough wild land to keep wildlife wild. Attempting to confine wild animals within these artificial boundaries (on penalty of death) turns our national parks into nothing more than glorified zoos. It is crucial that adequate buffer zones and corridors be protected now to preserve this nation's real heritage--its wild lands and animals.

ROBERT PINE, Studio City

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