Leave the wilderness to the wild
Posted by: old_user on Jul-30-09 8:50 AM (EST)
They always say "You hurt the one you love." So it is with wilderness and the things that live there. A case can be made for simply not promoting human encroachment in the prime areas where bears live. If one is prompted to carry a firearm out of a need for security, and that concern is multiplied by an ever increasing number of human visitors, then there is bound to be an escalating amount of negative impact on the wilderness and its inhabitants. The fact is that wilderness does not exist for our enjoyment. Where it does exist, it is usually in spite of us and our presence almost never serves to augment its character. When the primary value of wilderness becomes the knowledge that it is there and that knowledge is reinforced by the fact that we are not - we can rest assured that the earth, as a living system, has a slightly greater chance for sustainability.
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