Fortunately, the Calgary Herald has done its job and offered a balanced article that should assist in calming down those who are most concerned.
“Skunks are incredibly important to our ecosystem and more often than not, people aren’t even aware they have them in their backyard,” the Herald quoted from an Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation release. “They feed on large numbers of agricultural and garden pests and are mostly nocturnal.”
Most importantly, the Herald pointed out that removal of skunks will only create a vacuum – and more skunks will certainly come to fill the void.
In an era when it seems the media is quick to egg on controversy involving wildlife, it’s good to know the Calgary Herald is willing to put journalistic integrity and ethics first.
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