In a ridiculous crossing of bureaucratic wires, a great tragedy occurred in Alaska.
The entire Lost Creek wolf pack – 11 wolves who were being studied by the National Park Service – was killed by the state Department of Fish and Game.
“This is basically within our predator control program in an area we’ve seen benefits from that predator control program,” Doug Vincent-Lang, head of the Alaska Division of Wildlife Conservation told the Daily News-Miner.
The Lost Creek pack was just outside of the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve – their protected home territory.
The study being undertaken by the National Park Service was monitoring migration, denning habits and population changes. It was part of a 20-year effort.
This remarkable bureaucratic foul-up not only destroyed important research on the ethology of wolves, but destroyed an entire family. Eleven individuals, all sentient, all aware, all loving, are gone.
It is all part of the misconceptions North Americans have about wildlife, the importance of predators and coexistence. The solution is ongoing education and compassion.
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