Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Wolf Must Be in the Woods

quote [ In the popular imagination, early medieval England was a wild place populated by packs of ravenous wolves, devouring people and livestock. The image is at odds with modern research into wolf biology and wolves were extinct in England by the time of Henry VII. With a programme of wolf reintroduction proposed for the UK, it is time to look back at the history of attitudes to wolves from when written accounts began, in the Anglo-Saxon period. ]

I find myself somewhat thrilled at re-wilding efforts and the movement of the wilderness away from the "theme-park" identity it seems to have gained.
[SFW] [history] [+2 Interesting]
[by Bob Denver@5:47amGMT]

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cb361 said @ 4:02pm GMT on 1st Jun [Score:1 Funsightful]
I accuse Bob Denver of being a wolf.
Bob Denver said @ 5:50pm GMT on 1st Jun
Where the li'l piggies at?!
cb361 said @ 4:09pm GMT on 1st Jun
papango said @ 3:29am GMT on 2nd Jun
I hope people are smart enough to stay scared of wolves. I was listening to a show about how the myth that US wolves don't attack people has cost a bunch of lives when people miss the signs of danger and try to get all Dances with Wolves with an apex predator.

I should stress that I absolutely support the re-wilding of the wilderness, including the re-introduction of wolves. I just want people to be aware that a wilderness is not a theme park and not to get hysterical when predators predate - which has lead to the re-eradication of wolves in the US.
Bob Denver said @ 5:44am GMT on 2nd Jun
I was once hiking/camping out in the Coast Mountains with a US tourist. As we passed a small lake, I told him not to drink the water directly but to let me know if he needed water as I had a filter. I had seen a muskrat swim across the lake and I warned him of giardia. He humphed and said with great authority, "Bullshit! If the water wasn't safe to drink, there'd be a sign!" Thus began the lessons. And fortunately no, I didn't have to dump his diarrhoeic body into the lake to clean him off...
papango said @ 9:25am GMT on 2nd Jun
I really want to make a generalisation about nationalities, but we have that here as well. Recently we had a fair sized earthquake at midnight that caused a tsunami - it wasn't a huge wave, it destroyed a couple of houses. But we didn't know that when the warning came, and the earthquake was close, so time was of the essence. A lot of people on the coast grabbed their families, neighbours, and pets and headed for high ground. When I was trying to get some info on how to get my mother-in-law evacuated if it was needed, I came across a woman who refused to leave her house because 'The government hasn't said anything definite and given the order to evacuate'.
mechanical contrivance said @ 1:15pm GMT on 2nd Jun
I think that's called Darwinism.

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