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Thousands of animals are dying in Oostvaardersplassen

Should animals in a nature reserve be left to starve? This question has become a national controversy in the Netherlands. Here is why.

06/11/2018 4:09 PM
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  • Nancy E.
    06/11/2018 16:13

    If one has the ability to help someone or somthing in need then it is our obligation as humans to do so. To do otherwise condemns us.

  • Tom G.
    06/11/2018 16:18

    Humans made the problem by introducing these animals to this environment. I say bring in wolves thatll balance it out naturally

  • Alexander R.
    06/11/2018 16:18

    With no natural predators present, HOW did no one see this as the end result?

  • Jasmine E.
    06/11/2018 16:22

    Why the hell would 'biologists' introduce such a huge number of animals into an area without looking into the ecosystem, and if there are any natural predators to keep the population from exploding? Isn't that pretty basic stuff?! Obviously this was going to happen. Absolute morons.

  • Madonna L.
    06/11/2018 16:23

    Without carnivores to kill off some of the weak,sick old or young this was bound to happen. Idiots

  • Jakob P.
    06/11/2018 16:23

    Such a nature reserve without top predators? :)

  • Loredana S.
    06/11/2018 16:27

    This is what happen when prey animals are located in an artificial park without predators. It's so simple it hurts. We can't wash our conscience by throwing animals around without adding animals that we consider harmful for our precious livestock (I said consider, it's not necessary true). This project is a train wreck from the start.

  • Sam M.
    06/11/2018 16:28

    I agreed with what they were doing up until the death threats. No need for that!

  • Mako B.
    06/11/2018 16:29

    Bring in wolves plus bears and big cats if possible.

  • Tamara B.
    06/11/2018 16:34

    Introduce wolves there!

  • Chanel W.
    06/11/2018 16:41

    huge problem here 😐

  • Elle M.
    06/11/2018 16:43

    You need natural predators. Introduce wolves to maintain population.

  • Laura J.
    06/11/2018 16:45

    I know it takes time but what about introducing a natural predator. I know that there is culling in Balmoral of the deer as they over populate as well and It just seems a waste of life. Especially since this park shown was started to conserve these species in the first place. It obviously worked better than they thought. This isn't an open and shut case, culling is the worse case Scenario but is letting animals starve any better? It's torture. Plus feeding the animals is only going to let the situation get worse and inevitably harder to rectify.

  • Megan S.
    06/11/2018 16:50

    There are several species of wolves that are near extinction. Why not try to introduce some that need it most? https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/ost-endangered-canine-species/

  • Lee F.
    06/11/2018 16:51

    Oh now do people understand why hunting is necessary

  • Lee F.
    06/11/2018 16:52

    No damn wolves....guessing people haven't seen what happened out west

  • Gabrielle X.
    06/11/2018 16:54

    Where are the natural predator? Did they not study how predator encourage plant growth by moving the prey around? There's a documentary on it of wolves being introduce to Yellowstone Park. The balance is beautiful.

  • Mícheál Ó.
    06/11/2018 17:03

    Introduce wolves to balance the numbers

  • Sigita S.
    06/11/2018 17:18

    why they are locked in ?

  • Lynx Z.
    06/11/2018 17:22

    Just add some predators