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I read, with horror, Lynda Mapes’ story on the extermination of the Profanity pack wolves [“State killing second wolf pack to save some rancher’s cattle,” Page One, Aug. 26]. Set aside the question of whether ranchers leasing public land should learn to accept wild wolves as part of that bargain.

But can’t this issue be solved, and the wolves protected, if leasees are simply reimbursed for the financial loss incurred by wolf predation? The current situation seems mired in 19th-century logic.

Kevin Schafer, Seattle