Lessons from Aldo Leopold's historic wolf hunt

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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  1. Dawn Avatar

    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. Nathan Hobbs Avatar
    Nathan Hobbs

    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,

    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. ProWolf in WY Avatar
    ProWolf in WY

    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. Percy Avatar

    It looks like you can watch the video here:
    I haven’t seen it.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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