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The Profanity Peak Wolf Pack is Dead

September 1, 2016

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NB:  This post is a transcript of a reading from July, in which I revised and combined pieces from the preceding blog post, other speeches, as well as my lengthy research and writing on the history of wildlife management in the west.

In Washington today, the remaining adults of the Profanity Peak wolf pack are shot and their cubs begin starving to death.  I don’t like to write those words – to melodramaticize or theatricalize or exploit the sentimentality of violence.  But I must say it, because we can’t forget how long it sometimes takes to kill things, and how much it will hurt.

In North Dakota today, 19 hours and 20 minutes from where I am, tribal members stand with their bodies between bulldozers and grass.  Much as with the success and the return of the wolf, everything depends on this.  Everything depends on this.  These stories are connected.

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