Tolerate the big doves

September 9, 2013 

I and many other people have noticed these birds (“Invasion of big doves causing big problems in state,” Sept. 1 column), and I am somewhat glad to see them.

The story states that wildlife managers are alarmed. Alarmed about what? That these birds are replacing other birds? Perhaps they are replacing the thousands of crows, magpies, owls, etc. that have died because of the West Nile virus.

The statement that all hunters combined cannot shoot (and kill) enough of them to make a difference, well they should look at history when millions of passenger pigeons flew over this great nation to be wiped out by hunters. A little tolerance on our parts may be what is needed.

HENDRIK J. BOMER

Oakdale

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