Wildlife Preservation in Thinking Like a Mountain Essays

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Wildlife Preservation in Thinking Like a Mountain

In Thinking Like a Mountain, the author, Aldo Leopold, writes of the importance of wildlife preservation through examples of the symbiotic relationship of animals and plant-life with a mountain. He asks the reader to perceive the processes of a mountainous environment in an unusual way. Aldo Leopold wants the reader to "think" like a mountain instead of thinking of only the immediate, or as the hunter did. Taking away one feature of an ecosystem may eventually destroy everything else that that environment is composed of. Nature and wildness is essential for the well being of life on this earth. The excerpt begins by telling of the echoing sound of a wolf's cry. Every
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There is a symbiotic relationship between the wolves, deer, and plant-life on many mountains. The small amount of wolves feed off of the deer, and the deer feed off of the vegetation. By reducing the number of wolves, the deer population rises respectively. With that, the vegetation reduces enormously. All of the edible plants that gives the mountain it's breathtaking color and beauty are destroyed. Habitats for many insects and animals are ruined. Leopold describes this tragedy occurring on several mountains he has visited and relates it to "someone giving God a new pruning shears." This assembly line affect is described in Leopold's essay when he writes: just as a deer herd lives in mortal fear of its wolves, so does a mountain live in mortal fear of it's deer. He proves an excellent point when he illustrates the 2-year time of replacement for a deer, while a range of plant-life may take as long as decades to be replaced. The selection comes to a concluding point towards the end. This is that safety and comfort during the present may lead to devastation in the future. Leopold ties together the goals of the cowman and even politicians, to do what is convenient and not look ahead. Cowmen stop the wolves from doing their job, which is "to trim the herd to fit the range." As an outcome, we now have dustbowls and even less vegetation. All the while, this destruction of wilderness is a convenience