War wolves whisper soft to one another:
Where, where shall we go now? Far, far
from the killing-machines’ too-human roar
somewhere where we may hear
Our own moon-cries once more:
North, on and on they go
always under forest’s cover:
The wild wolf and the lumbering
to the forests of Slovenia:
only to be persecuted there?
One wilderness re-wilded
another abandoned. Perhaps
the people think they’ve nothing left to fear
once the wolf and lumbering soft-footed bear
are gone and all the woods are clear
In the human-haunted wolf-abandoned forest
tread lightly if you dare;
though Man, the greatest predator
has had his way here,
he too, soon shall have his day
safe habitat for him alike
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Written for Earthweal’s Weekly Challenge. This week, Sherry is hosting and she has asked us to do the following:
Share any example you wish of a human or non-human being, and the impact it has on its surrounding ecosystem. Share your wonder, your despair, your hope, your respect: whatever this challenge brings up for you. I look forward to being amazed.
Sherry herself wrote about wolves and how they affect every part of the ecosystem they inhabit in a positive way, in terms of nature being in balance.
Wolves and bears in Slovenia
I was told that during the Yugoslav Wars which lasted from 1991 to 2001, bears and wolves fled North to Slovenia, where the conflict lasted a mere 10 days after the Slovenian declaration of independence in 1991.
Upon further reading, I learned that Slovenia is one of the few countries in Europe to have a permanent wolf population. Though wolves have been persecuted as in other countries, they have never been completely wiped out. I believe the same is true of bears, and both populations are on the increase, which of course brings them into conflict with agriculture.
I was dismayed to learn that a law had been past last year allowing a cull on a set number of bears and wolves. It seems that we regard ourselves as having a God-given right to use the habitats of other creatures however we see fit. Perhaps this policy will backfire on us one day.