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George Monbiot speaks about the rewilding process at a TED conference and why it is so essential that we begin to take it seriously.
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In a brilliantly fantastic TED talk, George Monbiot breaks down the trophic cascade from the gray wolf and even takes it a step further as he cites other examples of ecosystems where similar effects have been lost. He then proceeds to discuss the "rewilding" process, a process by which we follow the Yellowstone wolf example and begin to reestablish ecosystems that have long since been decimated. One way or another, however, nature will once and for all force us into learning to coexist with it.
During the last century, humanity has had an extraordinary leap in its awareness and consciousness. Long gone are the days where it was standard practice to kill animals that got in … Continue reading
The gray wolf, 755M, licks his mouth after eating on a carcass in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park.
On Monday, August 19 of 2013, shocking news was reported that the Pine Creek Pack of wolves was held responsible for the deaths of 176 domestic sheep the weekend prior. The reports coming out were startling, and rightfully so. It wound up becoming the largest death of sheep in Idaho’s history. Most news outlets reported that the wolves caused it and it was case closed. Consequently, 13 wolves in the pack, nine of them pups, were put to death and the pileup was left out to lure in other predators to their death as well. The incident may be true and it may not be. The fact is there is a deeper story underneath the surface that begs to be explored.
The sheep belonged to a rancher named J.C. Siddoway. … Continue reading
The Canyon Wolf Pack alpha pair lead their pups along a ridge near Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.
I won’t waste your time in discussing political agendas and biases for and against the gray wolf. We all know that it is a controversial species that many feel is not at all welcome in nature, despite the fact that it has been an integral part of that very nature for tens of thousands of years. Virtually all of the biases against these mystical creatures comes from a simple misunderstanding of their very nature. In previous posts, I have discussed at length why more wolves are needed across the country and dissected the bias from both standpoints. One key factor I have never laid out in full detail, however, is the trophic cascade of events that happens once wolves reestablish a healthy presence in their chosen environment.
First of all, … Continue reading
Sunrise creates an alien-looking world over the eroded hills of Badlands National Park, South Dakota.
Often we find ourselves entrenched in a battle with no end, arguing with someone over extended periods of time with neither side budging on their stance. It’s easy to become engrossed the argument, working tirelessly to convince the other side of our own opinions and findings. Given the activity involving wolf hunts in the area, people on both sides are incredibly passionate about their views.
Everyone from Buddha, to Jesus Christ, to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have all given us relevant and applicable quotes on how to deal with conflicts of this nature. Buddha first said that "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." He’s telling us that by engaging the other side, we’re essentially … Continue reading
A black wolf roams near Biscuit Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
There has always been a voice in the United States that has never liked predator species. In the past, this voice was so strong and powerful that they virtually eliminated all but the most elusive predators from the lower 48, excluding black bears. Once many other predators were gone by the 1930′s, black bears’ numbers began to steadily grow thanks to being spared the wrath of hatred. In addition, in the absence of large predators, even animals like coyotes, whom had only called the mountain regions of the west home, began to explore other regions of the continent. They can now can be found in just about every state across the country, just as their relative, the wolf, once had been.
In 1995, wolves became the subject of enormous controversy, and rather than subsiding once a healthier ecosystem … Continue reading
Even with wildlife at a relatively calm and inactive level, we’re still seeing quite a bit of action at Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. We even have some night classes coming up where I’ll teach you all about night photography. Get in on it while you can!… Continue reading
A coyote steps into Alum Creek in the Hayden Valley of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
July 28, 2012 – Yellowstone Safari
A beaver chews on leaves in its pond in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
July 22, 2012 – Teton Half Day Safari
A young mule deer buck stands near Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park.
July 24, 2012 – Teton Half Day Safari
A black bear cub chews huckleberries growing on bushes on Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park.
July 29, 2012 – Teton Half Day Safari
NOTE: We were all safely in the car during this encounter.
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