The Eyes Have It
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 2013
Few creatures in the United States have ever been maligned as much as the wolf. I suspect only coyotes and grizzly bears could identify with such widespread and large-scale extermination for being predators; the American bison was driven nearly to extinction for very different reasons. Recently, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game implemented a plan to wipe out two wolf packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. Nine wolves were killed before the state stopped the program ahead of a date with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In this year, the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act, we would do well to remember these words from the act itself: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” (emphasis added). Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.