U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-John & Karen Hollingsworth
Before there was a wildlife conservation movement in this country, Native Americans already understood the connection all living things had to the land. Buffalo, elk, and deer provided the people with food, foot wear, shelter, and clothes. The Indians respected and honored the wolf for his courage, intelligence, and determination. They gave thanks for what was given to them by the Creator and knew their lives revolved around the health and well being of the animals and lands they lived on. Their spiritual connection to the land helped them understand how sacred the earth was and still is. Most importantly, they understood Man's role as care takers of the land and our responsibility to all living things on earth.
American Indian Commandments are the instructions handed down to Native People by the Creator. These instructions are sacred and were given to the people when life was created.
American Indian Commandments
Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.
Remain close to the Great Spirit.
Show great respect for your fellow beings.
Work together for the benefit of all Mankind.
Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
Do what you know to be right.
Look after the well being of mind and body.
Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
Be truthful and honest at all times.
Take full responsibility for your actions.
America's wildlife conservation movement began in the 1800's when a wolf hunter was hired by ranchers to track and kill the last remaining gray wolf pack in their area. Ernest Thompson Seton quickly eliminated all but one of the wolves. The alpha male, Lobo, proved to be a worthy adversary who would change Seton's life forever.
You can read more about the true story of how a wolf was able to change the heart of a wolf killer and opened Seton's eyes to why wildlife conservation was needed. How America's Wildlife Conservation Movement was Born
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Why we need to protect wolves.
The wolf is one of the most misunderstood and feared creatures living in our wild lands. A fear perpetuated by man so they can justify eliminating an animal they perceive not as a threat, but as a competitor. They don't hate the wolf because they are dangerous, they hate them simply because the wolf exists on lands some people want only for themselves.
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The passion of a writer comes from the heart. I've always had a love affair with nature, the land, and pets. As a freelance writer, my focus is on caring for, training and loving the pets we share our homes with, as well as, environmental issues and protection of the land and all animals. You can find more of my writings online at the links below.
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