Wolf Conservation Critical To Healthy Ecosystems

Whether you believe in god, science or both, wolves are here for a reason. They and all species are part of the web of life, which supports us all. To think that wildlife and forests require is arrogant and ignorant. They need protection from man and now they need protection from climate change. Ecosystems need to be protected from human encroachment so that they can continue to work for us.

Thanks to the arrogance of humans, we now have an unstoppable epidemic changing ecosystems forever, That epidemic in wildlife is called chronic wasting disease. There is no species barrier. It can be transmitted to livestock–where it’s called mad cow disease. Livestock can spread it back to wildlife and on to humans.

In humans it’s called Alzheimer’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. More than 44 million people in the world have these diseases now and it’s growing rapidly. The scientific name for this family of neurodegenerative disorders is Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE). The operative word is transmissible.

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It’s an environmental nightmare because all of these victims contaminate their environment with a deadly protein called a prion. Prions are in urine, feces, blood and cell tissue. When wildlife contract the disease, they spread the disease to their herds with every breath and every step.

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Wolves are our best hope to minimize the spread of disease within these deer, elk and reindeer herds before it kills them all. Wolves can minimize the risk of spreading prion disease to beef and dairy cattle (listen up Wisconsin, Idaho and Wyoming). Wolves are the friends of hunters and ranchers. Quit playing god and let mother nature regain its balance. Our lives depend on predators. Plus, it’s time to stop dumping infectious waste like it’s fertilizer. Biosolids kill.

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Crossbow Communications specializes in issue management and public affairs. Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, chronic wasting disease and the prion disease epidemic is an area of special expertise.