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  1. rebecca vitale mandichMarch 23, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    I am so glad you are here working on these issues that are of utmost importance to our planet and our wildlife…
    you are totally doing the right thing ..it is literally the only thing that is the truth …
    Thank you for your great insight and keep at it for the wild ones and the planet
    love…. light and blessings
    Rebecca

  2. MikeMay 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Unfortunately I missed the live JPR interview with Mr Foreman.

    The lockout argument brought up by a listener is the comment of those who use motor vehicles and value only consumptive use, utterlyunaware of sound and its effects on behavior and resulting effects on entire ecosystems . I have noticed that such half-truths and outright falsehoods are often the popular rhetoric.

    Introducing an example of a phenomenon called “moving baseline syndrome”:

    Just a few years back in Humboldt Bay we noticed the increased population of Aleutian/Canada Geese. The best year, I was overoptimistically looking forward to vast flocks as in the past (I have a past with uncountable birds). But then, the CA DFW opened up the season for massive killing, and never since have we seen as many.
    In DFG now DFW, we hear rationales like “too many – must be managed.” The first caller on the interview was clearly subject to this and another fallacy to which I’ll refer.
    Moving baseline syndrome has to do with what a person experienced in youth.
    Far too many people desire only their idyllic imagined youth, and fear more biodiversity. I often encounter those who inordinately fear bear (perhaps expecting that they have some right to approach large members of carnivora sp.), and of course, incidents like the young teacher from the lower 48, who expected to go for a jog with her ears plugged by tunes in Alaska last year who was tasted by a wolf pack. (Running was a favorite thing for me, but I did never let it interfere with other animals’ activities, and have many times benefited from stopping and interacting (or completely withdrawing) at respectful distances with many animals. I believe that respect allows far greater opportunity for learning).

    The other fallacy I mentioned is Entitlement:
    the belief that humans are nonchalantly entitled to use whatever space exists. Remember the “ironman” competitor in Solana Beach who was et by a shark a couple years past? The astonishing human thirst for revenge that brought out helicopter and other official search for the shark, didn’t quit for a week. He was swimming off Tabletop, a spooky reef of part of my youthful surfing. way back. I suppose the arrogance is well-defined as “refusing to validate the food chain.”

    On our present failure to validate:
    Things are spooky for good reason, as we have native ingrained skills which should tell us to be cautious. Guns have changed this, and denied us our own capacities.
    Yet guns are part of a moving baseline syndrome, that raise hidden fears among us, while blunting our senses in every way imaginable. Hunting was always harsh necessity and individually cruel, but the distance-killing of guns divorced humans from the up-close deep recognition of the life of others which may be a very important part of our species’ psychological makeup for fulfilled life.
    Those of us who have killed (without guns and some with) will mostly agree that the baseline should be moved far, far back, to the least possible taking of the lives of other beings. In traditional societies there were other lives that an individual refrained from taking, so that each might learn from an ally or friend of another kind. In working with such ideas for a lifetime, we can yet find more illumination about the necessity and the vital beauty of rewilding our own experience and of Earth.

    Yet, rewilding is up against an increasing social baseline of intolerance due to the unfettered power to eradicate that which does not profit one. Since we, like other animals from fish on up, at least, operate our brains through structures and processes which include fear and other related emotions, these need to be addressed in strategizing for rewilding.
    Inordinate pervasive and persistent fear is the motivator in a culture solely focused on social existence, when the social portions and activities of the human brain are merely a part of our lives, a woefully incomplete, unfulfilling part.
    Antidotes?
    Well, as the woman caller with an accent implied, our empathy must either extend to all, even to those feared, or it will shrink to nothing and no one at all. This is your mission, should you choose to accept it. (Me? I’m on the side of the Wolf, and have to keep a safe distance out of your sight! Let me know when it’s safe for us.)

  3. Radha Louise BurkartAugust 28, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    Dear Dave and the Rewilding Staff:

    When I heard your story on the Ted News Hour on NPR news August 28th, I immediately rushed to my computer to look up your website. I said \”finally, the most super duper idea yet to help save our natural world.\”

    I am a retired female with COPD but I want to do something-anything I can manage- to be a part of this fantastic idea. So, off I go to read more amazing stories and information on your beloved site…

    Thank you all for being the most brillant people on PLANET EARTH!!!

    Sincerely,
    Radha

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