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Wolves in Montana Improperly Managed


Environment  (tags: wildlife, Wolves, destruction, conservation, environment, ecosystems, animals, habitat, habitatdestruction, humans, nature, research, Sustainabililty, world )

Michael
- 425 days ago - missoulian.com
The human hubris of managing other species. MT FWP, Hagener at the helm, plotting to return to what hunters refer to as the elk glory days, when MT was an elk farm - dysfunctional ecosystem, forage suppression and catastrophic, retarded riparian areas



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Terry V. (30)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 5:11 pm

SAVE THE WOLVES

At Peace with the Wolves
 

Michael M. (58)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 10:26 am
Hmmm, Terry.

That photo compilation tears me apart, because after years of watching wolves, you understand about their stare being observant, and within that, the ability to communicate through the look.
It can mean many things, intentional and context-oriented.

I often have to avert my eyes with the wolf here, and he does so as well, as it is also courtesy among them to not stare without purpose - it makes them uncomfortable when my habit of just filling my eyes is too sated.
Yet I watch them express through a stare, the desire to embark, to go now together. I have seen the look seem be just like my own pleasure in just taking in another. Unlike the domestic unfulfilled look, there is sometimes that imposition of intent, mixed with acceptance.

You have heard of wolves and lions and others clearly asking for help through their signals. Yet you may have seen the trapped wolf look directly at the angry, fearful, hating gunner aiming at it from beyond its reach. It merely tehn, too, looks with piercing insight.

I've seen the stare of many hawks and eagles, which are more distant, more ferocious and alien than any other. The wolf looks and seems to know intimately, to ask questions that require courage to answer. No human hunter has ever looked at me with that complete perception of spirit, and I have encountered many.

One day I would like to meet and know many who seek to help the wolf. I am wondering what THEIR eyes will tell me, for I don't know humans well at all.
 

Isa Villanen (44)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 2:54 pm
Thanks, Michael.
Even though I live in Finland, I joined your Wolf Army just to help protect all the wolves in USA. Wolves are internationally threatened and their habitats are "needed for human use" as factory sites, housing sites, golf courses etc. I know that sound a bit wild, but there you are. I am all for the wolves, and I believe that as they were here before us, we need to give them space and room to roam.

Montana will make a huge mistake, if what they are planning goes through. Wolves have their ecological nich and an environmental task in this world. Hope they see sense.
 

Michael M. (58)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 4:27 pm
For everyone:
There are less than 200 wolves estimated as remaining in all Finland.

I don't know Finland, but I have wondered if it is like Northern Minnesota in ways (once woodland caribou were populous there with the wolf. Finland has many domestic caribou, called reindeer. Both are filled with forest and lake, according to a Finn I met)
I think that the contiguous border with forested Russia makes for Possible health for wolves, if they are not hated and feared. (A good friend once lived and worked in that country of Karelia, and though it is thinly populated by wolves, it has space. Karelia was Finnish land until Soviet Union reacted to 1941 German invasion whose allies were Finn. This is the fate of men's borders, to affect the living occupants and ecosystems through change and exploitation differences )

There are relatively few wolves in all Russia/Siberia. They are hunted when it seems to people that they are many , when actually their unwary children become too visible. Wolves learn from their conspecifics, and to kill the adults creates wolves who do not understand many things

Many of the old wolf tales resulted from the fact that they are also carrion eaters, and humans who have frozen to death, were part of their diet.
Packs were known to have sought food, (as always - all species produce excess young, and the wolf is one of the ways in which Nature selects survivors to adulthood. Humans have departed from this selection, although I believe that is temporary) more often the young when winter created famine.
Yet we must remember that traditionally, there were very few humans in wolf country. Only when the human population of the North soared and hunters took the wild animals that wolves depend upon for food, did the wolf nation test the human for prey.

We have taken each other. Yet we have traveled together, sharing what comes, knowing one another,, and not unfriendly, before the world was so changed, and humans lost touch.
 

Edo R. (71)
Monday June 24, 2013, 2:23 am
Thanks for sharing!
 
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