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Tuesday, 1 September 2009

wolf2Wolf hunting season opened today in Idaho. Now that the wolf has been removed from the endangered species list, I guess it’s OK for us to shoot them.

A full story can be found here.

“They’re a pack of dogs and they’ll chase stuff down for the fun of it.” Ironically, this was one of the hunters complaining about the wolves.


5 Comments leave one →
  1. Lael permalink
    Wednesday, 2 September 2009 1:17 pm

    Ack…and how profound, although I think the irony would be lost on that hunter.

  2. Wednesday, 2 September 2009 4:15 pm

    I’m a firm believer in natural cycles, so why don’t we take the guns and dogs away from the hunters and see what happens…

  3. Thursday, 3 September 2009 9:52 am

    What an ironic thing to say…of course, he doesn’t see himself in the circle of life either.

  4. Ariel permalink
    Thursday, 1 October 2009 9:56 am

    A few years ago I took a group of Jewish teens to Ely, MN to the International Wolf Center. On the retreat we were considering what it might mean to be a “tribe” of wandering Jews . . . well, now. Over the two days we were in Ely we learned about Benjamin (the wolf, of course) and discussed and considered where we would have lived, what Jacob’s blessing might have meant for us . . .

    By the end of the 5 days, my kids were really connected to their Jewish past, really questioning their Jewish identities in very meaningful ways, and really – REALLY – in love with wolves.

    We got to sleep in the “viewing room” – a big glass walled theater that looks out to the wolf den. In the very early morning the wolves came up to the glass and started howling. My kids quietly woke, sat up or rolled over and watched and listened, and then when the wolves stopped and walked away we all just looked at each other – WHAT just happened? It was about 3am. We all fell back asleep.

    We had no idea, still don’t, but I guarantee they, like me, will cry any time they read or hear about someone shooting a wolf.

    Not only does it feel wasteful and senseless – it feels personal.

  5. Frume Sarah permalink*
    Thursday, 1 October 2009 9:03 pm

    All good comments!!!

    Ariel — what an amazing program. I cannot imagine any one of those kids fail to carry a deeper understanding of their tribal identity, not to mention a love and respect for the natural world, after having shared this incredible experience. I do hope that you have written it up so that other communities might replicate wherever possible.

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