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Why does a wolf matter? What does an elephant matter?
Because some people find them beautiful to look at? Because they are an emblem of wildlife? Because we want our children and grandchildren to understand that elephants in Africa is a basic truth?
Or is it because these animals play a part in a delicate ecosystem that we don’t quite understand anymore? If some Congressmen had their way, the recovery of wolves from the brink of extinction is a “bitter pill to swallow.” Maybe it’s better just to wipe them out completely.
But then, I guess, the question becomes—does justice matter?
I haven’t posted a picture from UC Santa Cruz for a while. But here are some nice game camera shots of bobcats taking their lunch for a walk! Photos from Mike Bolte and Alex Jones.
I reblogged this from imgur! I guess the story is this coyote got on the Portland Max Train in 2002. I do like coyotes a lot though - they are resourceful and smart animals! I wouldn’t be scared of a coyote in the wild (unless it seemed like it had rabies). I would be a little nervous if one was on the train though! Wild animals near cities should be a afraid of people for their own good. Getting too close to people usually only leads to trouble.
Yes - the red flower was an interesting coincidence! We don’t know how she died - but it appeared to be of natural causes. So we know she wasn’t hit by a car or shot by someone. We also don’t think she was killed by another lion since we didn’t find any injuries on her skull or vertebrae. It’s likely she died of disease or maybe starvation. Also - check out the two male cat skeletons we recently located -we do know how they died!