The nation’s legendary conservationist saw the value of preserving wildness. Perhaps someday politicians will too-

Opinion in the LA Times. By James William Gibson

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

4 Responses to Lessons from Aldo Leopold's historic wolf hunt

  1. avatar Dawn says:

    I read that story in one of my wolf books, we are messing with the balance of nature and we didn’t learn the first time, will we ever ?

  2. avatar Nathan Hobbs says:

    Good article,
    The paper refers to one of Aldo Leopold’s finest essays in my opinion . “Thinking like a Mountain” for anyone that has not yet read this in its original form it can be found here,
    http://www.eco-action.org/dt/thinking.html

    It seems many of the conservationists of that time had a conversion about there thoughts regarding wolves. Another interesting read is Lobo King of the Crummpaw by Ernest Thompson Seton. The experience with Lobo changed his life and was the last wolf he ever shot.

    PBS released a documentary on Seton’s book recently titled the “Wolf that changed America”, it is a story worth watching.

  3. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    It really amzes me that someone had the foresight 100 years ago to realize that predator extermination was wrong, and yet there are politicians who seem to be straight from that era.

    Nathan, I saw that PBS special. It was one of the best I’ve ever seen.

  4. avatar Percy says:

    It looks like you can watch the video here:
    http://tinyurl.com/yctjjao
    I haven’t seen it.

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