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Jan 16, 2012

So, a few days ago, yet another license to gun down a wolf was issued somewhere in the south-west of Finland. Apparently a young individual had been spotted snooping around "too close" to some tiny community, and instantly been labeled as a "disturbed" individual. Hunting licenses are issued without further ado, and the hunt is on...

This time though it did not go as planned. The wrong wolf was firs shot, and only later the "disturbed" young one. Turns out the first one was collared and it was the Alpha-female of the pack. The hunter claims he had not seen the collar, and had assumed he was aiming at the young individual.

The police were noted (most likely because it was a collard wolf and someone tracking it would notice eventually) and an investigation is undergoing and the case is being treated as a serious hunting crime. The price for killing a wolf could be 9100€ at the highest, and most likely the whole hunting-club will be fined.

The organization that was tracking the Alpha-female is now worried what will happen to the pack when their leader is missing. It can cause confusion and most likely more sightings of "disturbed" individuals will be made in the near future.

Personally, it amazes me, that in this country with small communities surrounded by forests filled with predators, such as wolves and bears, there is still such fear prevailing. These animals have nearly a mythical status and are greatly feared by the commoner. We have turned our back at nature and no longer consider us part of it. It is us against them. The predators in our woods are seen as blood-thirsty hunters and human traits, such as hate, anger and vengeance, are being applied to them. People also no longer spend time in the forest like they used to. We have become estranged to our surroundings. The forest is no longer a place of refuge and peace, but a dangerous, dark, threatening void, to be avoided at any cost.

Most Finns also claim to be atheists, so there is the lack of faith playing its part. If you don't see that everything is connected and you don't feel the presence of  your own soul, then how do you see a wolf? The lack of respect for the natural world is astonishing... but ignorance and fear are the key-words here. The better you get to know something (or someone), the more you come to accept and respect it... and eventually maybe even love it.

I don't understand how a wolf can stir up so much hate in some people. The odds of you getting axe-murdered by your neighbor, hit by a drunk driver or stabbed in a bar, are far greater than you being "eaten" by a wolf... and yet, it seems to be what people fear more. Why? Well, simply because of ignorance. We know people. Our society, with all it's many daily threats to our lives, we have come to accept. It is familiar to us. No matter how mad your neighborhood, you still feel you know it better than the forest and it's wildlife. People have lost the skill to reason. Common sense should tell you this, but then again common sense doesn't apply to our society anymore, so how could we reason!?

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