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  Crying Wolf
by Mr. Ed
Friday, January 07, 2011
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-A Very Sad Follow-Up to Nature’s Lament-


“Crying Wolf,

Is the Real Danger.”


David Attenborough


We humans are extremely arrogant, and self-serving

We even try to blame the Earth’s animals, these days

For our self-inflicted, rapidly declining, natural world

The Attack on Unimak, highlights this in so many ways


Unimak is a remote island in the Aleutians in Alaska

Only about 60 hardy souls, permanently reside there

Most of the island is a designated ‘Wildlife Sanctuary’

Designed to protect remaining wolves and brown bears


But, alas, this tiny island is also home to some caribou

Who, like most wild animals today, are on the decline

Unfortunately, for the 25-30 wolves that still exist there

Caribou are part of their natural diet, on which they dine


Officials in Alaska want our government to look the other way

While they shoot down these remaining wolves, from the skies

You see, Trophy Hunters pay huge amounts, to hunt its caribou

And blaming wolves for our vanishing caribou, is just another lie


Between the years 2001 and 2008, hunters killed lots of these caribou

Not to eat them, but to boast of Trophy Caribou Heads, for their walls

“But Hell, Mr. Secretary, Head of the Bureau Designed to Protect Them,

We All Know That These Damned Old Wolves Are to Blame, After All.”


I, myself, have visited these remote Aleutian islands

Not many Americans, would even want to live there

Yet, in our modern day arrogance and self-importance

We begrudge them, to the last remaining wolf and bear



And very sadly, unless many Americans now start protesting these atrocities

And, start demanding, that we as a nation, start protecting endangered species

Our now rapidly diminishing wildlife, like wolves, and bears, and mountain lions

Will soon all be gone from North America, and will soon all sadly be, just a memory



These days, we even refuse to give wildlife some sanctuary, on a remote island;

So I sadly see little hope for the future of our natural world, in the hands of man.



The Department of the Interior, which is charged with managing and protecting this island refuge for the continued preservation of our rapidly dwindling American wildlife, is already considering allowing this atrocious Unimak wolf massacre to go forward, as planned.

And Aerial Killing (which was federally banned many years ago, and which state officials in Alaska still routinely utilize) is as inhumane, as it is unnecessary. Wolves are gunned down from the sky, or chased by helicopter to sheer exhaustion. In some cases, wounded wolves escape, only to experience slow, agonizing deaths. And since state officials plan to massacre these wolves during their pup-rearing season, any wolf pups on the island will be orphaned and left to die when their mothers are mercilessly shot down.



Crying Wolf, Instead of Accepting Blame,

And, Our Now Insatiable Human Greed,

Very Sadly Are, The Very Real Threats,

To Our Vanishing Natural World, Today.



©2011, Mr. Ed


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Reviewed by Michael Guy 1/17/2011
I, myself, have visited these remote Aleutian islands
Not many Americans, would even want to live there
Yet, in our modern day arrogance and self-importance
We begrudge them, to the last remaining wolf and bear

"I wish WE could do something to stop this. This is the legacy put in motion by the likes of that Palin, the Gov. of Idaho and others and what I have become so embittered to now call "the Clovis" trash that has reincarnated to do its continued killing without reason or restraint. And this is the ultimate corruption, that in a remote place like this where there is no reason for man to intervene these type of people feel that this trash government is giving them to green light to continue their immoral killing spree.
And the pups are personally being targeted while most Americans think apparently that this is just fine.
As an old Indian Spirit that I feel I am, I am disillusioned once again with White Man's values; it will only worsen in the next election cylce.
The Native American people's would never have treated God and His Creatures like this. There is no positive here, unless and until this killing against the Buffalo and the Wolf stop; but there is long history here going back to when and how he wiped out the Indians and their wildlife... I do not think he will repent of this in his heart in time.
IF there is a spiritually perfected "Earth" someday, a "peaceable kingdom" - I hope this creature and all the silent supporters of these tactics, have no place in it!
I feel deeply for the abandoned wolf pups the most, left to die or even worse inhumanely slaughtered...
Thanks for keeping us posted.

Reviewed by Alexandra Midnight 1/8/2011
I dont understand how people can think this is right. I have done all the research on this issue and can clearly see that it is unnecessary and just plain wrong. Why cant people just let wolves live? Thats these creatures want and people cant even give them that much even in preserved land.
Reviewed by Dayvid Graybill 1/7/2011
Good write! May we come to our senses before it's too late!

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 1/7/2011
Really is so sad that this continues. Will we ever learn?

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/7/2011
I have always found trophy hunting appalling and it beyond me why caribou could possibly be considered trophy. The Scandinavians have domesticated them. They might as well go cow hunting in some Kansas City feed lot if that's their idea of sport. Patrick
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 1/7/2011
I was so absorbed in the information, it took me several verses to appreciate the rhyme. You pulled me right in to this cause. Definitely one of your many gifts.
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 1/7/2011
I am with Ed here, but don't stop there, the real terrorists are hiding under the blanket of the law, in most countries, the ones that would deny for the sake of greed or convienence the lifes of our ken. When they finally raped all of Mother earth of her life, your children and grandchildren and mine will follow in their misery, what could be more terrifying than that?
Day after day, I send petitions, to stop the skinners and hunters and factory farmers and and and, and all I get back is excuses written by some smart beaurocrat or white coated University proffessor, in red ink, or maybe even blood. My poetry even has been tinged now for some time by this osmosis of misery, I was thinking of quiting. God bless you for your efforts to bring awareness to the decent souls that are left to maybe bring light to this darkness.
Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/7/2011
Perhaps we should hunt down Palin & her ilk from helicopters & see how much they like it...though I guess we would just be the same as there a real answer...? e
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 1/7/2011
A sad tale
God bless,
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 1/7/2011
Yet another example of humankind's inhumanity with our brother and sister animals.....we are no more than they and yet we believe ourselves to be superior.....I'll simply never understand!


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