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Canada: The folly of messing with Mother Nature

Every time we try to manipulate a wild species, the animals get out of control, said Connie Woodcock in<strong> </strong><em>The Toronto Sun.</em>

Connie WoodcockThe Toronto Sun

When will Canadians learn to stop messing with Mother Nature? asked Connie Woodcock. Every time we try to manipulate a wild species, the animals get out of control. We introduced Asian ladybugs to eat our crop pests, only to find that they like to bite humans and are “smelly when killed.” We reintroduced wild turkeys, for no particular reason it seems, and now there are more than 100,000 in Ontario alone, clogging city parks like Canada geese. The latest ill-conceived effort involves elk. Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources imported an elk herd from Alberta six years ago, and it has already increased fivefold, to more than 500. The beasts are “eating local farmers out of house and home, plus breaking down fences, trampling crops, and attracting wolves—which lunch on sheep, too.” It’s not as if we didn’t already have far too many deer. Now Ontarians are nursing their ladybug bites as they dodge turkey and elk on the roads. “Mother Nature must be laughing her head off.”

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