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Letter to the editor: A new challenge

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By Drew and Cathy Gaylord
Wenatchee World

Wenatchee is blessed with nearby wild lands and accessible wildlife. News that wolves have been seen in our foothills provides our community with another opportunity to face change not by clinging to old ideas and prejudices but instead by seeing change as an opportunity we are able to manage.

In our 16 years of living in Wenatchee we have been impressed with the community’s forward-looking perspective. We have seen Wenatchee embrace new non-traditional businesses, new styles of recreation and new groups of people. Each of these changes brings nostalgia for what is lost but also excitement, and usually some fear, for what is new. News that wolves have been seen in our foothills provides our community with another opportunity to face change not by clinging to old ideas and prejudices but instead by seeing change as an opportunity we are able to manage.

Wenatchee is blessed with nearby wild lands and accessible wildlife. Nature can be wonderful or tax resources and patience. In our own lives, deer ruin our trees and threaten injury to our car and ourselves. Woodpeckers pound on our home. Rattlesnakes make us watch the ground as we hike rather than the views. Would we want to remove all these creatures from our environment? Each of them provide, if not equal joys, a benefit to the natural world around us. Along with the challenges wolves bring to our community let’s consider their natural place here.

We respect the concerns of those who will have to deal with the costly or destructive side of having wolves in our area. However, we believe common sense local solutions can be found by having all sides work and collaborate. We believe wolves can bring some economic as well as personal benefits to our area. Visitors and many who live here look forward to the possibility to glimpse a wolf as we mountain bike, spot a track as we hunt or even hear a howl as we watch a sunset.

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