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A shameful remedy at American Camp | Letters

For the 20th year in a row, my family and I made our yearly trip to San Juan Island.

As always, we looked forward to driving out to South Beach for the wonderful views and, one of our favorite pastimes, watching the rabbits, fox and raptors on the prairie.

Much to our disappointment, we saw no bunnies, no raptors and not even a fox. Yes, there is lots of grass now on the prairie, but where is the wonderful wildlife that we used to enjoy.

I followed the (Save Our Bunnies) campaign against the gassing of the rabbits and was under the impression that because of the public outcry it was not going to happen. I have since learned that it occurred anyway.

It was said it was for the good of the environment, but what about the natural way of the animals who lived there?

Without the bunnies, the fox and the raptors have no food supply, so it certainly cannot be said that “nature” wasn’t tampered with. The last several times we were there the fox kits would actually walk right up to vehicles and beg for food because their natural food source was taken away from them.

Needless to say, we were very disappointed by this change and by the loss of the enjoyment of watching nature take its course; instead, man got in the way and “improved” the lay of the land. It’s a shame!

Val & Keith Stuart/SeaTac

—Editor’s note: carbon monoxide was used to eradicate rabbits in “limited” areas near the American Camp Redoubt, according to NPS


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