Since a recent thread has turned in this direction, I thought I'd start a new one. I'm sure you can argue it either way, but I wanted to throw in something that I'd seen on a TV special many, many moons ago. In a coyote pack in the wild in an undisturbed situation, only the alpha male and female breed which keeps the pack as just that. There will be an occasional reject that goes off on its own searching out another pack and that may be nature's way of keeping things interesting and expanding. When either of the mating pair ceases to exist, it puts the pack into a situation where the pecking order has to be reestablished. In the case of hunting or poisoning, the entire pack is disrupted and it results in additional matings of the members causing the population to increase rather than remain stable. I personnally feel that the less of them that we have, the better. I'm part of the food chain too, and I'd rather eat a deer than a dog.