GR: This interactive map shows counts of bears, bobcats, mountain lions, and wolves killed by the U. S. government’s Wildlife Service. The legend is on the “Layers” drop-down menu. Since more than a third of all U. S. mammals have disappeared over the past 50 years, and since more than half of the 400 mammal species in the U.S. are at risk of eventual extinction, it would seem that our wildlife management agency should choose nonlethal techniques. They can’t however, because a mostly uninformed public does not want to pay the extra cost. This same ignorance keeps us driving our polluting automobiles and powering our homes with coal and oil; it keeps Monsanto’s poisonous pesticides falling on our food and the food of our wildlife, and it keeps American-made bombs falling in other parts of the world. Of course, the ignorance would quickly fade were it not for the greed-motivated deceptions of our “leaders.”
Source: Wildlife Service kills
Reluctantly I realize our civilization has lost the ability to coexist with wild nature. In our own watershed, just last week, the state approved a several-hundred meter hardened river channel as a flood control measure. Rivers remain some of the best wildlife and biological corridors we could hope for. For decades biologists have and even many urban planners implore restoration of natural landscapes for their ineffable value to resiliency and the harboring of wildlife.
It seems that we need to take the idea of Half Earth, E.O. Wilson’s most recent proclamation as eminently necessary. Of course anything’s possible – even without dispossessing indigenous populations. But that would require a more enlightened humanity that understands – we are nature.
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24-6, thank you for the comment. I agree with you that Half the Earth is necessary though I fear that with our current trajectory of destruction, it would be insufficient. Perhaps our civilization’s fall will one day return the Earth to wild nature. Of course, anticipating a good day is not as fine as experiencing a good day. I just returned from hike in a chaparral/pine forest ecotone that was fine. Allow me to recommend more of that.
Yes, Capitalism is a plague.