|It looks like someone else saw the comments by Dr. Geist before RMEF took them down (Source)|
I gravitate to the above question early on because I tend to think in terms of connectedness and it really looks like RMEF—at least under David Allen—doesn't or cannot. I suspect this is why when others in the hunting and angling-oriented end of conservation were participating in discussions and coalitions on climate change’s impact on hunting and fishing such as the Beyond Season’s End effort, RMEF sat on the sidelines rather than stepping up to the plate and lending their voice and influence to this important debate.
"The first law of intelligent tinkering is to save all of the parts." Aldo LeopoldI suspect that part of this is Mr. Allen’s NASCAR background and his conservative political associations. No doubt his ties to and dependence on Lucas Oil for some of his organization’s support are at play as well, but I wonder just how much of his resistance to and non-comprehension of concepts like climate change or predator-prey relationships comes from just not understanding the complexity of these abiotic and biotic relationships as well as their inter-connectedness. These are threads that are seen clearly by some and appear absolutely invisible to others.
Crying Wolf - Stephen Vantassel: Stop Being Afraid from JD King on Vimeo.
I sometimes hope that through education we can open some eyes so that they will be able to see these wondrous threads and even develop an interest in looking for more. But I also understand that some of the resistance to acceptance or even investigation of these phenomena is blocked by deep feelings such as fear expressed as hatred for wolves or even those of a religious nature like the fellow in the video above who was an interviewee for the anti-wolf movie "Crying Wolf."
I posted the above video clip not just because it was so absolutely absurd, but because the gentleman featured was once connected to a school of natural resources at a major US university, which indicates the depth of the challenge we face. And if you read the wolf-hatred piece and then look at the sole endorsement for the Cry Wolf movie on their website you'll see a familiar name and realize that while the challenge is deep it is relatively narrow as well.
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