Aldo Leopold, wolf

Despite protests, the Michigan wolf hunting season began on Friday.  Four wolves have been killed in the first two days.

“We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes—something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.”
- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949

3 thoughts on “Aldo Leopold, wolf

  1. I love Sand County Almanac. I grew up in southeastern Wisconsin, not far from Leopold’s land, but didn’t discover the book until I moved to Seattle. There are things you don’t think about losing when you make that kind of trans-continental move, like migrating geese and autumn bonfires. There are children here on the west coast who think lightning bugs are like fairies: make-believe, impossible.

    • The things I miss most about Indiana, besides the people I knew, are the lightning bugs, the summer thunderstorms, and the cardinals. People in California are always saying that we have seasons here too, which just makes me sad, that they think these slight changes count as seasons.

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