All animals serve a purpose on life...wolves are the ancestors of our loved domestic dogs. Let them exist as Earth needs all animals. All deserve to live and be free. If you think alike, share and sign! Thank you for joining me on this cause.
A friend asked me how I felt about the killing of wolves. I assured her I had never specificly considered wolves but I was basically against the needless killing of all wild animals. Then I read this story and it changed my life. Aldo Leopold is considered to be the "father" of American Conservatism.
THINKING LIKE A MOUNTAIN
by Aldo Leopold
In those days we had never heard of passing up a chance to kill a wolf. In a second we were pumping lead into the pack, but with more excitement...
THINKING LIKE A MOUNTAIN
by Aldo Leopold
In those days we had never heard of passing up a chance to kill a wolf. In a second we were pumping lead into the pack, but with more excitement than accuracy: how to aim a steep downhill shot is always confusing. When our rifles were empty, the old wolf was down, and a pup was dragging a leg into impassable slide-rocks. We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes—something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.
Since then I have lived to see state after state extirpate its wolves. I have watched the face of many a newly wolfless mountain, and seen the south-facing slopes wrinkle with a maze of new deer trails. I have seen every edible bush and seedling browsed, first to anaemic desuetude, and then to death. I have seen every edible tree defoliated to the height of a saddle horn. Such a mountain looks as if someone had given God a new pruning shears, and forbidden Him all other exercise. In the end the starved bones of the hoped for deer herd, dead of its own too-much, bleach with the bones of the dead sage, or molder under the high-lined junipers.
I now suspect that just as a deer herd lives in mortal fear of its wolves, so does a mountain live in mortal fear of its deer. And perhaps with better cause, for while a buck pulled down by wolves can be replaced in two or three years, a range pulled down by too many deer may fail of replacement in as many decades. So also with cows. The cowman who cleans his range of wolves does not realize that he is taking over the wolf’s job of trimming the herd to fit the range. He has not learned to think like a mountain. Hence we have dust bowls, and rivers washing the future into the sea.
We all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, long life, and dullness. The deer strives with his supple legs, the cowman with trap and poison, the statesman with pen, the most of us with machines, votes,and dollars, but it all comes to the same thing: peace in our time. A measure of success in this is all well enough, and perhaps is a requisite to objective thinking, but too much safety seems to yield only danger in the long run. Perhaps this is behind Thoreau’s dictum:In wildness is the salvation of the world. Perhaps this is the hidden meaning in the howl of the wolf, long known among mountains, but seldom perceived among men.
I just read Linda's story about the invasion. I was ignorant as to the importance of wolves in wildlife, she sure opened my eyes. I do live in the country, sort of, a tourist town, lots of hills and land, lots of dear, bunnies and the like. I have never had the good fortune to actually see a wolf, only in story's, on TV, here and just finished a beautiful video about Living with the Wolves with Jim and Jaimie, so wonderful, so awesome, so important to see very informative. I can now see...
I just read Linda's story about the invasion. I was ignorant as to the importance of wolves in wildlife, she sure opened my eyes. I do live in the country, sort of, a tourist town, lots of hills and land, lots of dear, bunnies and the like. I have never had the good fortune to actually see a wolf, only in story's, on TV, here and just finished a beautiful video about Living with the Wolves with Jim and Jaimie, so wonderful, so awesome, so important to see very informative. I can now see the importance of their existence and am saddened by attempts to destroy them, trapping them, what torture they are forced to endure and to have dogs rip them apart, I can only say I now see the wolf very differently than I have ever seen them before and I thank people like Linda and all those who are trying so hard to keep the wolf pack alive and thriving. The wolf, an awesome and beautiful majesty to behold, how lucky we are they exist!!!
le plus envahissant sur cette terre n'est pas l'animal mais l'idiot qu'il le massacre.
C'est bien triste si cela n'évolue pas de nos jours.
I have always loved animals both those that live in the house/farm as well as those in the wild. Wolves are a part of this country a part of our hertiage and we need to protect them with what ever we have. Anyway that we can do this it will help us as as those who come after us. Another person who has stated that they are being hunted and torchered for no reason. Lets leave the wolves alone.
They are being hunted and tortured and killed for no reason other than trophy hunting.
And you wonder why the rest of the world is starting to see the U.S. as a nation of redneck retards! look at these pictures and feel burning shame, listen to the voices of your people and join the 21st century....wild life has more chance in third world countries!
they are gifts to each and everyone one of us from God, we are supposed to take care of them, not kill them or torture them
I love animals and they should have all a peaceful live.
No animal should suffer a violent and prolonged death by Judas Dogs. These dogs will become dangerous to other animals & Humans through no fault of their own.