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Wolves An Inseparable, Complementary Part of the Community of Life


Animals  (tags: wolves, humans, harmony, rights, welfare, maglined, wildlife )

Simone
- 2369 days ago - sltrib.com
In his famous essay, "Thinking Like a Mountain," wildlife biologist and father of modern wildlife management Aldo Leopold poignantly recounts shooting one of the last remaining wolves in the Southwest. As he approached the mortally wounded animal,



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Michael M. (58)
Sunday April 27, 2008, 12:16 pm
Read "Ghost Bears", for another insight into the biodiversity crisis, and the necessity for vast interconnected areas in retaining or regaining integrity of ecological systems.

Even though unrestrained deer populations ravaged and changed certain local ecosytems, following the insane wolf eradication of the 19th and 20th century, it remains unrecognized by most that the wolf strengthens the moose, caribou, musk ox, deer, elk, and balancesthe life in North America (I'm unwilling to use the past tense, as perhaps even now the spirit of the native wolf may be helping to change certain parts of the American West).

Living with a wolf, and exploring what wilds there are, one is amazed of the communicative ability, the strong requirement for respect, the loyalty beyond human capacity, the foresight, the quick learning (one experience for impoortant things), of another being, perhaps more wise than we, and certainly more restrained in habits (only puppiesovereat continually, although we are ALL built for a feast/famine response).

This iintelligence occurs in a very r-selected being - average life 3 1/2 year, life span generally 7-10, with some individuals up to 14. What has this to say about all our claims to consciousness, gods, understanding, awareness, literacy? Do you know that even spiders and insects feel and respond to pain?
Who are humans that we raise our comfort and whim as more important than over other life?
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 27, 2008, 8:49 pm
"As for wolf "management," the words of the ancient sage of Taoism offer a fitting general prescription, if not an absolute rule: "Do that which consists in taking no action, and order will prevail." - Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Book One, 3: 10."


Excellent article, thank you Simone.
 
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