he was just trying to make a living
November 2, 2017 2:50 PM   Subscribe

"OR4’s ancestors didn’t ask to be relocated to the lower 48. And while gray wolves have arguably restored a lost component to western ecosystems, they returned to a place much changed—a place full of people, of fat hornless cattle, of snack-sized sheep, of rubber bullets and range riders and firecrackers and helicopters and tranquilizers and traps and collars and GPS signals and government regulations. OR4 never failed as a wolf. He broke human rules. And in the 21st century, being a competent wolf isn’t enough to stay alive. You must also — impossibly — know your place."
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posted by FritoKAL at 3:28 PM on November 2


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posted by supermedusa at 3:31 PM on November 2


During the first few decades of the 20th century, ranchers eradicated the grizzly bear and wolf to make the land safe for livestock.

This is why I hunt. I don't eat beef anymore, and the only red meat I eat is what I harvest myself. Non-GMO, free range, humanely harvested and processed.

End the ranches, and public grazing, and return the land to the wolves and the bear and the elk and the moose.

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posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 3:57 PM on November 2 [12 favorites]


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posted by slipthought at 4:15 PM on November 2 [1 favorite]


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posted by talking leaf at 4:33 PM on November 2


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posted by Tesseractive at 4:34 PM on November 2


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Thanks for posting this.
posted by itesser at 5:54 PM on November 2 [1 favorite]


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posted by annieb at 6:45 PM on November 2


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posted by turbid dahlia at 8:46 PM on November 2


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posted by honey badger at 2:20 AM on November 3


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I live in the area where OR7 appeared in California ten years ago and local ranchers are still wailing and raising hell about environmentalists.

Damn them and damn a few dozen heads of cattle or sheep over the course of a wolf's life.
posted by elsietheeel at 1:13 PM on November 3 [1 favorite]


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posted by vs at 8:25 PM on November 3


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