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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wolves found to be beneficial for the survival of the Canadian lynx!!

In an article entitled, "Wolves May Aid Recovery of Canada Lynx, a Threatened Species" which was published to the website, it is stated:

"As wolf populations grow in parts of the West, most of the focus has been on their value in aiding broader ecosystem recovery -- but a new study from Oregon State University also points out that they could play an important role in helping to save other threatened species."

"In research published in Wildlife Society Bulletin, scientists suggest that a key factor in the Canada lynx being listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act is the major decline of snowshoe hares. The loss of hares, the primary food of the lynx, in turn may be caused by coyote populations that have surged in the absence of wolves. Scientists call this a "trophic cascade" of impacts."

This new research certainly indicates how important wolves are to the ecoystems which they live in, and it shows that we humans have no business engaging in culls of animals such as wolves, when we think their populations are too high.It also shows that people such as ranchers who are demanding in some states in the USA, and some other places in the World,  that wolf culls occur, have no right to suggest these wolves need to be killed because they are a menance to  livestock, when wolves are playing such an important role in the ecosystem! If these ranchers find some way to get the Governments in these states to sanction wolf kills, all this is going to do is faciliate a surge in the coyote populations in these states, and consequently this fact will result in the loss of hares and a decline in the lynx populations in these states! In other words, if humans interfere in the natural order of things in nature, we invariably cause harm to other species on this planet, harm which may not ever be undone!

When  are humans going to accept the fact that all life on this planet is interconnected and interrelated in a deep way, and that we have no right as a species to deliberately reduce the population of a species of life on this planet, because it is acting in a natural way (in the case of wolves  they are acting as predators in their interaction with rancher's cattle?) Instead of culling wolves, other solutions to these Cattlemen's problems relating to wolves acting naturally need to be found! Culls will solve nothing, in fact the research I mentioned above shows that wolf culls will have a deterimental effect on the Canadian lynx species!

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Source of image of coyote: Photographer: Brian Harry

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.