"I have the only place around that still has coveys of Quail. And its because I provide habitat with overgrown fence rows ect."<quoted text> No not all the time do thos predators kill just to eat. Dogs wolves & cototes will kill every sheep and goat they can just for the fun. Go back and read my post I stated I might have ????turned the fox loose. You know that wasnt gonna happen. That fox and her potential offspring wont be around to eat the baby rabbitts ,quail & turkey eggs and destroy ground nesting birds, the same for the skunk. I have the only place around that still has coveys of Quail. And its because I provide habitat with overgrown fence rows ect. and that habitat also attracts the predators. and it my desire to keep the predators in check. my land ,my habitat, my choice, simple at that no wiggle room no leeway on my own place im King & Dictator . Someday ill be dead and gone and what happens then will be some new owners choice. ill do this . from now on I wont tell about the predators I snuff. What you dont know wont hurt you.
You are absolutely right. You have quail because you provide habitat. You apparently also have plenty of predators according to what you said you caught in your traps recently. That proves the point that prey needs predators and predators need prey. It's a mutual relationship where they both benefit. They have been surviving together on your property each keeping the other alert and healthy. Removing predators will NOT benefit the prey species. All it will do is make you feel good.