Wolves Being Killed in Spite of Being on the Endangered List.
Wolves being killed in spite of being on the endangered list in the US.
From Michigan come the latest reports of a Radio Collared Wolf being killed in spite of the fact that this magnificent animal is on the endangered list for the larger part of North America. So far up to 10% of Wolves are being killed illegally in some areas of the US as reported by the DNR.
Most Wolf Killings go unpunished though, since those cases are difficult to prosecute and most Poachers benefit from the co-conspiracy of the Rural Farm Population that for the most part would like the Wolves gone rather then protected due to a misplace believe that those Wolves kill their live stock by the Hundreds.
Now, I could go on about details given in diverse DNR and Government Reports yet those can easily be fund in the links below and on the web. Instead, I would like to show where this fear is coming from and started already with Fairy tales such as the German story of “the little red Ridding Hood and the big bad Wolf.”
Human, more often then not expect Nature and even demand for Nature to adapt it self to their needs and wants rather then adapting to Nature’s given Geography, Climate and Wild Life. We tent to turn every thing upside down until it fits our needs and wants, all the way disregarding the facts that this may very well end up harming us down the road.
We are part of that wider and complex balance that Nature has established and not the other way around. Nature will go on striving and existing with out Humanity, Yet Humanity will seise to exist with out Nature. In addition, a well-balanced Nature is what we need, including all species that make this World hole and Healthy.
The Wolves have their place as well in this larger equation, that we do not really comprehend not even the brightest and smartest of us does fully understand even less know all the mechanisms that make this world turn and be alive rather then looking like Mars or Jupiter.
We constantly make the same mistake over and over, ever since the Roman Empire, and before, That we put our self’s as supreme being over all and every thing, disregarding their rights to exist and strive and making us the worth natural Genocide Causing Creature that has ever walk unto the face of the Earth. Just Ask the Wolves they would confirm this observation.
The Wolf is a victim of our arrogance and narrow minds, which fail to comprehend Nature and our place in it. We demonise an Animal with out even trying to understand the dynamics or look at the facts as they are and behave like a bunch of back word thinking and uneducated Monkeys off sorts and that would be insulting to the Monkeys them self’s to compare us with them.
Farmers Kill Wolves because they pray on their live stock, even if that is not the case, most times any how, it is still the excuse for killing Wolves even though they are endangered and protected. I farm my self and we have Livestock as well. I live for 15 years with Wolves in the Wood loot we owned right next to the pasture where the Sheep where grazing each day, even in the winter month. Yet never lost a Sheep or Lamb to a Wolf.
I could have and would have lost some to Wolves most likely if I did not wok with Nature and did not understand the way Wolves operate and think. After all, am I not suppose to be the smarter one being a Human, so why would I need to kill a Wolf if I am in deed able to out smart him or her?
We took the Sheep out every Morning after Milking and broth them back in the evening for Milking, over night they stayed in the Barn well protected By 3 Dogs and a very laud Goose. We always had a French Pyrene; a great big white Sheep dog to be with the Sheep at all times and guards them. We did also have a Border Coly to bring them to the Pastures and back to the barn as well as a Scotch Coly that was somewhat the Boss of them all and a great fast Hunter as well. The three off them knew their job and where well trained and never let any thing onto the Farm that was not suppose to be there.
We lived with the Wolves and never had to kill one nor did I ever own a gun to do so either. Some of my fellow farmers did not like the fact that we protected the Wolves and would call the authorities if any one did shoot at one. Wish made us many human enemies yet not one single Wolf.
The Wolf needs our help as do many of Natures great creatures in order to survive so that our Children and Grand Children may still be able to see them in the wild and alive rather then in a museum and extinct.
P.S. Many thanks to Amy for sending me the link to the article that inspired this Post.
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Ventura, California, United States