I feel blessed to live in a land where we have such an array of wild, and even possibly dangerous animals.

Me too. Here in the Ozarks we've done pretty good at letting populations grow back to sustainable levels. Elk are one of our best recent examples. I think there are over 600 roaming free in the Ozark NF and Buffalo River NP. Eagles are another. It's now common to see them along our rivers and lakes. Wild turkey populations are as high ad they've ever been and black bears have made a great comeback and very few problems are reported with them. They all have plenty of room to roam at their current numbers and almost never get close to populated areas.

We do have issues with hunters poaching out of season here but it's much less common than it used to be and not so bad that specie populations are endangered at this time.