Wolves in the News

Well, there’s nothing like a controversy to get the corporate media going! In the past couple of days, outlets around the globe, especially in the U.S., have spilled ink (or the Internet equivalent) over the federal governemnt’s plan to remove wolves in the lower forty-eight states from the list of endangered species. In case you missed the original salvo in this story, click here for Sinapu’s press release from earlier in the week.

Given the amount of coverage the issue has received this week, I’ll provide links to just a few of the most salient articles, and will update the list if new articles come in this week (the name of the source appears in parentheses next to the link):

Wolf tracks

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One response to “Wolves in the News

  1. Jonathan Ramsey

    It’s interesting how twisted and tangled this topic is of de-listing has become. In a perfect world, de-listing should be the culmination of a successful reintroduction program—a commemoration of rebalancing one aspect of an ecosystem; of finally getting something right again. But we all know that perfect world does not exist. Instead, de-listing initiatives are so often governed by another force of nature: our nature. As a good friend of mine likes to put it, “All your questions in the world can be answered with one word: ‘Money’.” And that’s what a lot of this topic comes down to, as well. De-listing has so much to do with hunting, tourism, agriculture, and ranching economics and perceived rights issues—at least when it comes to predator de-listing. None of those industries are inherently merciless, but the negative political and economic forces that tend to attach themselves to those industries—that dominate their soapboxes—are. I wish the ethical, compassionate, and wise component of each of these industries were the dominant voices—there is so much disservice to ranching and the others when they are curtailed and hijacked by short-sighted, acrimonious, and gluttonous segments of their constituency. But it cannot be forgotten that the good people who do not have as strong a voice are there and are, as I opine, the people with whom de-listing topics should be discussed. But alas, that is so often not the case or even possible. The squeaky wheel…even when it shouldn’t.

    Any more, you can almost take it for granted that a proposed de-listing will be ecologically pre-mature, will swamp nonprofit environmental groups with legal battles and costs, and will be stirred into a media pot that can so easily boil over it borders on propaganda. Sad, really. Yet, I still have hope. I believe that by empowering people through education and compassion de-listing can be avoided when it is thrust forward by anything other than sound ecological resolution—which must also take into account and valuing the reality of the economics and rights issues that are impacted by a de-listing.

    The wolves are not there. Sound, educated, and wise advice needs to be heard. The wolves are not ready to be de-listed.
    -J