I was watching the estimable Ray Mears on TV recently, tracking wolves in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, a place I know quite well having worked there for several months a few years ago.

At the time Ray was there wolves were just about to be removed from the endangered species list after being successfully reintroduced to the region in the 90s, although during filming some cretin had jumped the gun and already poisoned a young bitch a few days before the ban on wolf hunting and killing was due to be lifted.

It’s a good bet that said cretin was either a rancher or in some way involved with ranching, for as anyone who has visited this spectacular part of the world will know, it is ranchers and landowners who have lobbied to be allowed to massacre wolves once again as their forebears did in the last century.

Their justification for this was eloquently put by some moustached rancher who, had he been in New York, would have been mistaken for the gayest shirtlifter since Liberace – “They [wolves] ain’t meant to be here”.

Now despite my derogatory  description of Mr Gaylord I can quite see what he means – if you choose to raise cattle and sheep in rugged mountains and forests of course wolves “ain’t meant to be there” as they’ll do what’s natural to them and hunt the dumb, methane emitting critters that you make your living from.

Two points come to mind though: perhaps if, Mr Gaylord, you looked after your animals more responsibly the wolves wouldn’t get them? What, your ranch is too big for that to be feasible?

Well, that’s perhaps because neither the cattle nor sheep which require vast tracts of land across which to shit and fart are not native to the Rockies, which rather makes your moronic comment about wolves not being meant to be there all the more ridiculous.

It’s the wolves that are meant to be there and you and your animals that ain’t.

But despite this being the natural order of things we all know who will be allowed to remain and exploit the land and who and what will be persecuted for having the gall to be native to the region.

As Ray Mears said at the end of the programme, it’s surely a sign of how far humans have progressed when they’re able to live alongside their fellow creatures rather than kill them (or words to that effect).

In which case it would seem many of the ranchers of the Rocky Mountains haven’t actually progressed as far as apes yet..

 

 

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