Where Have All the Wolves, Cougars, and Wild Horses Gone?


| 10/7/2016 10:55:00 AM


Tags: wildlife, predator control, habitat loss, cougars, wolves, wild horses, conservation biology, wilderness conservation, Geri Vistein, Maine,

There is an old tale that has been passed down about a frog, who was living in the bottom of a dark well. One day, a toad came and peered down at the frog. He asked, “Why do you remain down there in the darkness? If you climb out of the well, there is a whole new world out here for you to see?”

So the frog did so, and discovered what he had been missing in the darkness.*

 

It keeps coming up — the tragic plight of our nation’s wild mustangs and burros.

Plight of Wild Mustangs and Keystone Predators

These icons of our nation’s history endure the ongoing cruel roundups by helicopters, forcing them out of their remote refuges and into holding pens. They are no longer free. At this time there are 45,000 of these wild animals being held by the the Bureau of Land Management. Many die along the way, small foals trampled and adults collapse in exhaustion and terror.

Why? It is the story of the frog in the well. As a society we are acting like that frog — just comfortable remaining in the darkness. Not wanting to find another way to share the land with those who were here before us, and have a right to be here for sure; preferring to grab up all the land for oneself, even the land that belongs to all Americans — public land. Our landscape is covered with a monoculture of cows, who are displacing our magnificent wildlife.




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