Archive for September 5th, 2007

Those of you who have known me for a long time know I am part wolf. As such, I’ve been interested in, a researcher of, a writer about, and a supporter of these animals for years. Many years. Way back to the point where you could not find so much as a wolf mug, let alone posters, statues, postcards, plush toys, magnets, cards, t-shirts, key chains, bags, blankets, etc. etc. etc. that are available today.

Given my long, long support of the wolf……I’ve been reading with interest some of the political fiascoes occurring to Senators in Washington D.C. this year. If I were a true believer of Karma, this news would come as no surprise. But then, as I am a true believer that you tell a lot about a person’s character based on what he is willing to fight for…..or against……I have to say……this bad news comes as no surprise.

My lesson for the day? Don’t mess with the wolves. They’ve been roaming this country a lot longer than most of us have. And their near disappearance from the lower 48 states was a direct result of human meddling. Or should I say human ferociousness?

Anyway, to those who mess with the wolves….

Alaska Senator Ted Stevens – Supporter of aerial shooting of wolves in his State of Alaska.

Under investigation by the IRS and FBI in an investigation of political corruption in the state. His home was raided in July 2007. Also: Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, is under scrutiny from the Justice Department for his ties to an Alaska energy services company, Veco, whose chief executive pleaded guilty in early May to a bribery scheme involving state lawmakers.

Idaho Senator Larry Craig – described here as a prominent nemesis of wolf reintroduction.

Well, we all know now what he is in hot water for. After declaring he would resign at the end of September, he is now apparently rethinking that decision.

I am in no way making statements of guilt or innocence here. But, if you’ve followed the plight of the wolf in the United States for as long as I have, these names are not unfamiliar.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but we all know what happened to Rep. Helen Chenoweth – the anti-wolf Rep. who famously stated ” A species goes out of existence every twenty seconds. Surely a new species must come into existence every twenty seconds..”

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