This is in response to Karla Trudeau's letter from May 13, that was in reference to "Dogs chasing after wildlife on Sentinel a growing problem" by Michael Moore of the Missoulian (April 17).
I too live in "Dog Town," in Seeley Lake - have all my life. My dad went to elementary school here while my grandfather worked at local mills. Riverview Drive has been referred to as "Dog Town" for as long as I can remember. There is a 4 x 8 sign that states, "Welcome to Dog Town…population increasing."
We do love our dogs here and our dogs love their freedom. We love our wildlife, too. We have rabbits that are breeding like rabbits and causing considerable property damage, yet nobody has the heart to do anything rash, not even the dogs. In a neighborhood a half-mile away, mountain lions kill deer in people's yards and sleep under their decks. Even so, people continue to illegally feed deer and other wildlife, inviting predators into our neighborhoods where children play with our domesticated animals. In the fall when the bears come around, those without dogs have to get used to picking up overturned trash cans and replacing freezers - and the food in them if they are not secure.
If you want to know how much wildlife is too much, ask a local. If you want more, take a hike or even a drive, if you feel like dodging the deer.
Jonathan Williams, Seeley Lake