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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
What Happens if the Hunters Were the Hunted?
recently attended another excellent forum at May Day put on by 3CTC, a
left-wing environmental organization here in Minnesota.
Barry Babcock of the Mississippi Headwaters Canoe Club from ‘up north’
talked to a gathering of 25 on why the ‘war on wolves’ must be stopped.
you haven’t heard, the extraction industries best friend, the Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources – actually Department of Exploitation of
Natural Resources (“DENR”) is now handling a ‘wolf hunt’ in Minnesota.
This was pushed through by a bi-partisan group of legislators and
eagerly signed by ex-Dayton magnate Mark Dayton. Now in Minnesota up to 400 wolves will be
‘taken’ or ‘harvested,’ as they like to say in extraction-land, in two seasons
each year, starting November 3, 2012.
Since there are only 3,000 wolves in Minnesota, I would imagine in about 6 years
we should see complete extinction. Of
course this comes from a Federal decision that went through Congress and the
Obama administration, chaperoned by the extractive industries best friend, Interior’s
Ken Salazar. Other states are now seeing
the same thing.
pointed out that behind the clueless hunting groups, the politicians grubbing for cheap votes and the DENR lie the
extractive players in Minnesota
– the taconite, mining and lumber industries - who will benefit by removing
wolves from land so it can be mined, roads put in and land cleared.
course, no self-respecting extractor will admit that he has any intention of
‘harming wolves.’ God forbid! The DENR’s Shimek is no exception. Congress also maintained that this would be
better for the wolves. Of course, hypocrisy and logic know no bounds when involving
bourgeois politicians. Well, as Babcock
carefully pointed out, the Indian reservations up north think otherwise, and
now RedLake and White Earth are both banning any
wolf hunting on their land, and instead are creating refuges for wolves. As Babcock put it, “Indians are better
conservators of our natural resources than the white man.” Especially some white men.
outside the reservations, what can we do?
I listen to wolves howl outside Ely cabins, and know that, like the
Cuyohoga, the buffalo and the American eagle, not everything disappears. Though the frogs in northern Minnesota are almost
gone. Can we arm the wolves to make it a
fair fight? Well, unfortunately, wolves
do not have opposable thumbs. It worked in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
but it won’t work with wolves. However,
reading the book, “Rage & Reason” by Michael Tobias will perhaps provide an
answer. This book would turn any
red-blooded American into a raging vegetarian.
Read it and weep. The hero of
Tobias’ book would lie in the woods and kill the wolf hunters one by one.
I heard about it at May Day Books - the “Finn Hall” of Minneapolis