Leave nature alone

I might get myself into some trouble today because of my age; my memory is not as good as it used to be. Occasionally, it needs a ctrl-alt-del.

However, if I remember correctly… driving through Kelowna the other day, I was listening to CBC, to a show talking about the demise of the mountain caribou in the East Kootenay.

Earlier this year ,I did get to see my first caribou on my adventure to the Arctic and they truly were awesome to see in the wild although, I have never seen a mountain caribou.

The gentleman being interviewed was probably a very famous and well educated Ph.D type who talked about things happening billions and billions of years ago and how we have messed it all up since we moved here and caused global warming. 

Anyway, it irked me from the beginning! If you have read my column before, you probably already know that.

I was frustrated because whatever the outcome, the fingers are always pointed at us. People. We are causing the problem. In this instance because we are causing global warming.

Let me paraphrase the comments:

“Mountain caribou were fine until we caused global warming and now there are far too many forest fires, which lead to massive amounts of shrub growth, which in turn leads to many moose moving into caribou territory and then followed by wolves who eat caribou — hence it is our fault the caribou are declining in numbers.”

The answer in his mind was selective culling of the moose. I suppose caribou are more tasty to a wolf than moose.

Let me say a resounding BS to the guy with the Ph.D.

It was a classic case, in my mind at least, of someone trying to make themselves sound important. As the old adage goes, if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle the with bull [email protected]

I believe that nature finds a balance, which can include extinction in an extreme case.

But we never are able to leave it alone. We have to interfere. We study (but only for the past 100 or so years) the environment which, if in fact it is billions and billions of years old, is only a pimple on the landscape in terms of our understanding, and then we have the audacity to say we know what we are talking about!.

We further extrapolate that we messed it up with global warming. Sorry, but I don’t get the argument!

What I do know is that hundreds of years ago there were far more forest fires than we see today.

Global warming is not the issue at stake in this argument; our constant meddling with the ecosystem could have something to do with it (although climate change is an issue we need to be addressing regardless).

The fact we have suppressed forest fires for so long and created a completely unnatural environment for the animals to live in is.

As we have seen this year, our forests are completely loaded with almost explosive fuel in a dry year so now we really are struggling to keep fires down.

Surely, our reluctance to let fires burn or simulate burning with mechanical removal leads to a forest environment that animals find difficult to traverse because of built up fuels.

However, I have never seen that in a report.

Historically, whenever we attempt to mess around with our perception of what a natural environment should be, we seem to mess up. So for the scientists who espouse theories from billions of years of history… we have not been here for that long, so give us a break. 

The result of the show, if I remember correctly, was to allow a mild amount of increased hunting to kill the moose and allow the caribou to survive. Here we go again…

I guess, if anything, we keep scientists on the payroll doing study after study and fiddling around with the population numbers. 

When are we going to leave nature alone to be natural and realize that hunting, fire and disease are part of a natural landscape?


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