September 19, 2020

Sneak Preview II – Wolf: What’s to MISunderstand?

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Cover290*Note* – It came to me the other day that I had gone ahead and made the beginnings of what I hope will be similar to what the book cover will be, and already had made a mistake. The title should be “WOLF: What’s to Misunderstand?” I forgot the “Mis.” Much the point of the book is in educating readers about the realities of wolves. In doing so, I’ve employed the statement that I’ve heard so many times that each time I hear it I want to vomit: “Wolves are just misunderstood.” WHAT’S TO MISUNDERSTAND?

The reason Americans lack in any knowledge about living with wolves is that the citizens living in the United States (Lower 48 anyway) today have never had to live with wolves, with only a handful of exceptions. Now that wolves are on people’s doorsteps – literally speaking – the education process will be long and I fear it will be hazardous and, at times, deadly, because people refuse to listen and understand. They also get very little help from government. As a matter of fact, you are going to discover that governments, i.e. federal, state and some local, actively worked to block information about wolves that might have placed the wolf in a negative light, seriously effecting the decision to (re)introduce wolves.

This education process could have had a good start had those involved with wolf (re)introduction into Yellowstone National Park and Central Idaho, had not been so pigheaded and elite, done their homework on wolf history worldwide and not discarded this information because it didn’t meet today’s standards of what might constitute an official event. In researching this subject for many years, I am left hoping that our scientists of 2114 will have greater respect for historic documentations than the scientists of today have for documentation of a mere 30 years ago.

The wolf recovery team decided that most all historic documentation of wolves was not to their liking or didn’t meet their standards, and narrative, evidently, because they just plain ignored it, labeling it as “limited” and “poorly documented.” Will science and humans 100, 200, 300 years from now look back on the antiquated ways in which our present best scientists and historians documented events and disregard them because they won’t reach modern day standards? Let’s hope not.

As you will discover all throughout this book, the effort to draft an environmental impact statement, which became the bible of how wolf (re)introduction was to happen and subsequent management, was either a work of an abysmal scientific application, a bold act of corruption, with criminal intent, or both.

This chapter will look at the history of wolves as members of the wolf recovery team should have done. The best the wolf recovery team could come up with was an attempt to dispel the myth of Little Red Ridinghood. In my opinion this was quite pathetic!

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