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Lessons from Aldo Leopold’s historic wolf hunt

[large thumbnail url=”editorial-spinning-wolves-in-montana” filename=”editorial” year=”2009″ month=”12″ day=”13″] James William Gibson, professor of socialogy and author of A Reenchanted World: The Quest for a New Kinship with Nature, wrote an editorial pieceĀ for the LA Times.

The nation’s legendary conservationist saw the value of preserving wildness. Perhaps someday politicians will too.

This fall, hunters have killed more than 193 wolves in Montana and Idaho, and the slaughter is not finished. The Idaho season has been extended to March 31 to allow hunters to reach the quota of 220 wolves approved for killing in the state by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The limit exists because wolves in the area were only recently removed from the endangered species list. In Alaska, where wolves are more plentiful and there is no such quota, hunters in airplanes have killed more than 1,000 wolves in recent years.

Some of those hunters, if they follow in the path of one great American outdoorsman, may come to regret killing wolves. [Read the full editorial here…]

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