The land is one organism

“Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators... The land is one organism.” - Aldo Leopold

Sadly there are people who love the game and do hate predators. Those people want to wipe out the predators by any means possible to stop the predators from taking “their” game.

And then there are ethical hunters who will only take what they eat and only hunt using fair chase who know that a natural balance between predators and game is good for the land. That a natural balance is “harmony”.

Too bad that everyone doesn’t get it. Maybe one day they will and hopefully that day will happen before all the predators are gone.

Mia

For more information on how man and coyotes can coexist visit Project Coyote.

26 Comments

  1. Jane Chesebrough August 31, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Much appreciated.

  2. Marilyn Kircus August 31, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    It was really interesting to find out that reintroducing the wolves to Yellowstone has cut back on the numbers of coyotes and also made the rivers run cleaner and let the banks regain vegetation. Before the wolves, the deer population got too large and was destroying so much riverside vegetation that the rivers were eroding.

    And deer in Texas are causing many native trees to decline because they eat the newly sprouted trees before they have a chance to grow.

    • Utahbooklover August 31, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Many good comments and I would like to add one more from Aldo Leopold: “Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of the wolf.”

  3. Elephant's Child August 31, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    A living breathing organism which we are doing our very best to kill. Our killing is ‘sort of’ selective and we forget/don’t realise that each death is an amputation of something we need. Self mutilation at its worst.

  4. Mary McAvoy August 31, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Beautiful post. The imagery and the message. Thanks, Mia.
    PS That’s a red fox right? What’s the patch of something on its back…just curious…
    Mary

    • Mia McPherson August 31, 2014 at 11:21 am

      Mary, this is a young Coyote and the patch on its back is where the last of it’s puppy fur is shedding.

      Thanks for commenting.

      • Mary McAvoy August 31, 2014 at 11:34 am

        Thanks, Mia. It’s beautiful. Gorgeous color.

  5. Len Boeder August 31, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Well said Mia!

  6. Patty Chadwick August 31, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I’m glad Alan Kearney “double posted”…what he, and you, said can’t be said often enough…but, will it be “heard” enough? Sadly, I doubt it….

    • Mia McPherson August 31, 2014 at 7:59 am

      I hope it will be heard Patty.

  7. Alan Kearney August 31, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Sorry for the double post!

    • Mia McPherson August 31, 2014 at 8:02 am

      No worries Alan, I don’t think this can be said too often.

  8. Alan Kearney August 31, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Mia, you’ve expressed the problem eloquently. I’m hope your right about people getting it “right with nature” before it’s too late. Unfortunately, all one has to do is look around us to see the need for money, land, property, whatever, ruining the earth ;~(

  9. Alan Kearney August 31, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Mia, you’ve expressed the problem eloquently. I’m hope your right about people getting it “right with nature” before it’s too late. Unfortunately, all one has to do is look around us to see the need for money, land, property, whatever, ruining the earth ;~(
    The pessimist in me thinks we’re doomed.

    • Mia McPherson August 31, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Alan, I hold out some optimism because more and more people are becoming alarmed by the decline of bird and wildlife species and are getting involved with the conservation of nature.

      The people that kill just to kill aren’t truly hunters, they are bullies of the worst kind.

  10. Sarah Mayhew August 31, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Very nice image. It is too bad so many people don’t get it! 🙁

    • Mia McPherson August 31, 2014 at 7:56 am

      It really is too bad Sarah.

  11. Jolanta August 31, 2014 at 7:16 am

    This is beautiful and very true. Thanks.

  12. Lois Bryan August 31, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Beautifully expressed, Mia. Beautiful image!!

  13. Dave Sparks August 31, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Wonderful post – image, quote and text.

  14. John Randall August 31, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Thank you Mia.

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