Wolves and the Ecosystem
Having seen what wolves can do to livestock, I understand the ranchers’ fears. Few city dwellers have had their bank accounts raided quite so graphically. White-collar greed is more ruthless but less bloody. So the issue of wolf kills deepens the urban/rural divide, with both sides accusing the other of ignorance.
However, the small numbers of cattle taken down by wolves are questionable justification for the province’s removing all hunting restrictions in Cariboo. We humans make a habit of condemning whatever inconveniences us. Rather than viewing the planet as one interconnected, living organism, we kill off the parts that have no immediate value to us.
The result is more than mass extinctions, environmental degradation and climate change. As we squander the gifts our planet offers so freely, we fail to see we are only one small part of the ecosystem and that our future depends on accepting our role as stewards rather than destroyers.
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