Caribou recovery plan near oil sands may target wolves-

Of course the huge pit mines completely wipe out wildlife habitat including that of the rare woodland caribou. Most the the herds in Alberta and part of B.C. have been rated as “unlikely to survive.” Their plan to save the caribou is to kill thousands of wolves.

Story.  More than any other, I think these photos tell the tar sands story (my view of what hell must look like). The ruined landscape was once a beautiful boreal forest of conifers, beaver ponds, meadows, and lots of wildlife.

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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.

3 Responses to Another reason to hate the Alberta tar sand development

  1. avatar Paul says:

    Does it ever stop? Why do wolves always have to be the scapegoat for human failures and greed? This is worse than the phychotic plans in Idaho and Wyoming. Are the people that come up with these plans insane?

  2. avatar Daniel Berg says:

    When I was younger and visited Alberta, it seemed like this wild and untamed place. As an adult, the more I learn about what goes on in the “Texas of Canada”, the more I think it is no longer either of those things.

  3. avatar Wolfy says:

    You said it, Ralph: Hell. All created so that soccer moms can drive land yachts to pick up the kids so they don’t have to ride the bus (provided at tax-payer expense) back home to their monster house. Or so rednecks can tool around in monster trucks that get less MPG’s than their IQ’s. This country needs a reality check on its energy use and where it gets its petroleum. Raping the resources of other countries or our own is not the answer. We got really good at conserving oil during the embargo in the 70’s. My family still practices those energy saving techniques and we live just fine. What happened to energy conservation as a national priority?

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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