Part and parcel of creation

EDITOR: Descendants of the famous Yellowstone Wolf Packs reintroduced in the 1990s have been stripped of their endangered species status in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Utah and individual states are developing their own wolf management programs (aerial gunning, trapping and even gassing pups in their dens).

Why is there a need in humans to eliminate the wolf? Why does the ancestor to our beloved family pet, the dog, continue to be vilified in folklore literature and movies? Why do untruths prevail over facts?

Wolves are a part of the great cycle of nature. They are the apex predators that pick off the sick and weak first among their prey. They are the genus in Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote: "When nature has work to be done, she creates a genus to do it."

Indigenous people always honored the wolf for its communal way of life. The cooperative behavior of wolves provide guidelines for human behavior.

I respectfully submit a quote from Chief Oren Lyons, Onondaga: "I do not see a delegation for the four-footed, I see no seat for the eagle." We forget and we consider ourselves superior. But we are after all, a mere part of creation and we must consider to understand where we are. And we stand somewhere between the mountain and the ant as part and parcel of the creation."

The natural cycle of life relies on predators to keep things in balance. I pray that humans become enlightened and learn to respect the wolf's vital role in a balanced ecology.

Donna Fratrik Engle