Reader: If you don't like wildlife, this isn't the place for you 


I recently attended a meeting on how to deal with the overpopulation of deer in Colorado Springs. I do understand the problems associated with overpopulation, but I have gripes with the "just kill," scorched earth approach, which only deals with the issue on a short-term basis.

Colorado is known for its landscapes and the wildlife that reside here, which is why people come to visit or live here. I am perplexed by those who want to live here, but on their own terms, what I call the Goldilocks syndrome: not too cold, not too hot, but juuuust right! Wildlife has gradually been driven out, driven off and excluded from their land to make way for sterile cement environments. Animal overpopulation is a result of our determination to exterminate natural predators (because we don't like them either), and through no fault of their own the animals find themselves trapped in urban areas.

It is arrogant to presume that we can control every aspect of the world we find inconvenient. So if you do not want wilderness on your doorstep, maybe this is not the place for you to live — maybe another city would suit your Goldilocks image of perfect living.

— Susan Repp, Colorado Springs

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