“When all the beasts are gone,
Man will die from a great loneliness of spirit;
For whatever happens to the beasts,
Will also happen to the man.”
Spring has finally arrived in an extremely remote area of Alaska
And soon a pair of winter weary wolves emerge from their cozy den
Surely even our modern world would not consider begrudging them
A life in this uninhabited wild sanctuary until their days naturally end
The male wolf lovingly nuzzles his now pregnant mate
They playfully frolic all about in the sun and the snow
Suddenly the sound of a strange aircraft engine up above
Suddenly sheer hell and agony reign down on them below
The male wolf is killed instantly by these two aerial gunmen
The female lies gravely wounded helpless to now crawl away
The two happy gunmen soon land their aircraft and finish her off
What great sport these two humans have had this very joyous day
As these humans laugh shake hands and admire their day’s handiwork
Nine pups in the female’s body will never be born to live even one day
And even here in one of the last refuges on earth that these creatures had
With their lives – for human sport - these magnificent animals must pay
It seems that many modern day moose hunters in the vast state of Alaska
Were upset that timber wolves living there liked to eat moose quite naturally
So they cried foul and appealed to the politicians in this ‘last wolf refuge’ state
And once again Aerial Wolf Hunting is allowed thanks to Governor Murkowski
Even the most remote areas of our modern world have become far too savage
For earth’s endangered animals to continue living in peace and natural harmony
And although I’ve truly loved visiting majestic Alaska numerous times in my life
As long as this butchery continues it will never get another tourist dollar from me
Not that long ago, this type of human activity was against the law in Alaska; but its Governor has seen fit to cater to ‘sportsmen’ who have once again managed to brand earth’s endangered timber wolf ‘a nuisance.’
Since the reinstatement of aerial hunting, hundreds of wolves have already been shot down from the sky – in an effort to artificially boost state moose and caribou populations – for the benefit of trophy sport hunters - who seldom eat their moose and caribou kills – and who don’t live in Alaska – so they can bag even larger trophies.
And the once great state of Alaska has also recently approved the baiting and killing of Grizzly bears. Unfortunately for Grizzlies, they happen to naturally eat moose and caribou, too.
Grizzly bears have already lost 80 percent of their home range – they simply cannot afford to lose any more. This new Alaskan bear slaughtering program also allows the killing of sows and innocent young cubs.
Is There Not One Acre of Land Left
On God’s Once Very Vast Green Earth
That We Humans are Willing to Share
With Its Nonhuman Earthly Residents?
Are We Truly This Cold Hearted and Shallow?
And What Does the Future Hold For All of Us?
When Very Soon All the Wild Animals in the World,
Are Gone Forever – Due to Our Greed and Our Lust.
Both the sadness,
And the loneliness of my spirit,
Increase with each and every passing day.
©2006, Ed Kostro