of animals and ecosystems

veru3_9_19Wolves were airlifted into the US from Canada at the end of February to bolster the wolf population in Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park. The purpose is to help control the moose population there.

This week, though, we heard that US wildlife officials are planning to lift protections on grey wolves in the lower 48 states, allowing them to be hunted.

Wolves have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1975, when there was something like 1,000 of the animals left in the entire lower 48.

The reintroduction of grey wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 tells an amazing story about the trophic cascade that occurred there – impacting the ecosystem in surprising and extensive ways. Sustainable Human offers a short, lovely video about it here.

Let’s leave the wolves alone and let them do the magic for which they were designed.

We are losing species at an alarming rate. Let us stop willfully refusing to connect the dots.

We have learned that there is a delicate, precious balance in our ecosystems. Humans are part of the ecosystems, not the CEO’s.  

11 thoughts on “of animals and ecosystems

  1. I appreciate this post and it’s so sad…….:-( I truly believe though that as man continues to mess with the Creation that God gave us dominion over, He will hold man responsible for what man does to mis-manage it and it will come back to bite us “on the butt” so to speak if we do not respect and take care of it properly. At the same time man is the crowning of His creation and in His image we are and the choices we make do have repercussions on our Earth. He gave Adam dominion and for this reason we are responsible.(Gen.chapters 1 & 2)

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