An Intolerant Mind: Why Tolerance Threatens Coexistence

When we coexist with wolves, we create an empathic relation in which the other’s needs are valued as our own. We see that through trophic cascade, wolves make healthy ecosystems and cleaner rivers and purer air for our children. When we tolerate wolves, on the other hand, we see our needs uncomfortably subjugated to a perceived … More An Intolerant Mind: Why Tolerance Threatens Coexistence

Wildcat Roar: When Mountain Lions Live Under the House

When we take away wild places for wild animals, those animals find ways of showing up in our backyard. Because it was their backyard first … When that animal is a predator, all hell breaks loose, suburban-wild style. The anti-predator myth is exemplified by this week’s hysterical reaction to a mountain lion under a house … More Wildcat Roar: When Mountain Lions Live Under the House

November Song Dogs

November reminds me of my final autumn days as a resident of Yosemite National Park. I had come to the park at the age of eighteen, looking for something I had not yet found within myself. Many stragglers had come to work in the forest for that very reason—lost, fallen, or beginning, we were all … More November Song Dogs

Coexisting with Coyotes

Coyotes roam the Northern California landscape as naturally as the curving arms of oak trees and shimmering light of golden grasses. Animals are the environment, the land is our home, and no matter where I rest my head, I dream of this homeland. Its skin, scattered with abandoned Quonset huts, fading into fields with salted, … More Coexisting with Coyotes