The Mysterious CoyWolf

 Trace the extraordinary evolutionary journey of the coywolf, a mysterious and distinctly modern creature…

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Wiki- Coywolves are canid hybrids of wolves and coyotes. They have recently become common in eastern North America, where they have been considered eastern coyotes, eastern wolves, or red wolves.

Many eastern coyotes (Canis latrans “var.”) are coywolves, which despite having a majority of coyote (Canis latrans) ancestry, also descend from either the gray wolf (Canis lupus) or the red wolf (Canis lupus rufus, formerly Canis rufus). They come from a constantly evolving gene pool, and are viewed by some scientists as an emerging coywolf species. The genetic composition and classification of the eastern coyote is debated among scientists.

A study showed that of 100 coyotes collected in Maine, 22 had half or more gray wolf ancestry, and one was 89 percent gray wolf. A theory has been proposed that the large eastern “coyotes” in Canada are actually hybrids of the smaller western coyotes and gray wolves that mated decades ago as the coyotes moved toward New England from their earlier western ranges.

Coywolves have the wolf characteristics of pack hunting and the coyote characteristic of lack of fear of human-developed areas. They seem to be bolder and more intelligent than regular coyotes.

In evolutionary biology research conducted by a team of researchers in the Uppsala University, analysis of controlled-region haplotypes of the mitochondrial DNA and sex chromosomes from Mexican gray wolves detected the presence of coyote markers in some of the wolves. However, these markers were not detected in any of the captive Mexican gray wolves. This study suggests that, when the subspecies was depleted in the wild from persecutions, some of the male wolves from the remnant populations began seeking potential mates in the female coyotes, with the female coywolf hybrid offsprings later backcrossing to other male wolves, while the male hybrids may have backcrossed with the female coyotes.”

Nature Walks With Mark – “The Coywolf is one species that truly deserves far more respect then it receives. In the Northeastern US and Eastern Canada this incredible hybrid species has learned to fill the ecological niche left void from the lack of wolves. In much of their habitat range they are the top apex predator, and the “top dog” if you will. They carry with them a strong genetic connection to the Eastern Wolf and the Western Coyote. Unfortunately for this beautiful animal very few people truly understand them. Spending time with them and watching their true behavior shows us they are an extremely social and intelligent wild canine species.The world is far better with Coy-Wolves.  Mother Nature chose them to fill a niche in the natural world fixing an apex predator void that we humans created. Learn about this beautiful species online from scientists studying the species like Dr Way http://www.easterncoyoteresearch.com and cherish their incredible songs.”

The Land Ethic of Aldo Leopold

“To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.”

Conservation Esthetic (1938), ASCA 176

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~ Sunrise~ Camping near Burn Cabin Flat, Gila Wilderness of NM in 2011

Considering the countless hours of bliss that I have spent in the heavens and hills of the Gila Wilderness, I am eternally grateful for the vision and work of Aldo Leopold. ~Reb

Excerpts, Aldo Leopold Foundation – “Considered by many as the father of wildlife management and of the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast.

Born in 1887 and raised in Burlington, Iowa, Aldo Leopold developed an interest in the natural world at an early age, spending hours observing, journaling, and sketching his surroundings. Graduating from the Yale Forest School in 1909, he eagerly pursued a career with the newly established U.S. Forest Service in Arizona and New Mexico. By the age of 24, he had been promoted to the post of Supervisor for the Carson National Forest in New Mexico. In 1922, he was instrumental in developing the proposal to manage the Gila National Forest as a wilderness area, which became the first such official designation in 1924.”

Our tools are better than we are, and grow better faster than we do. They suffice to crack the atom, to command the tides, but they do not suffice for the oldest task in human history, to live on a piece of land without spoiling it.”

Engineering and Conservation (1938), RMG 254

“Leopold was a meticulous and disciplined generator and retainer of important correspondence, memorandum, reports, and related materials. He published more than 500 articles, essays and reports and his papers contain at least 500 more unpublished essays, reports, and memorandum of significance. He also kept detailed diaries and journals of his Forest Service activity, his travels, hunting and field experience, and observations and activities at his Sand County farm. He maintained active correspondence (both outgoing and incoming) with more than a hundred professional and conservation organizations, with his many graduate students, and with hundreds of leaders in a range of scholarly disciplines, professional fields, government agencies, and conservation organizations. His papers reflect the most advanced thinking and most innovative practice across virtually the entire spectrum of natural resource conservation, policy and management in the first half of the twentieth century.

The Aldo Leopold Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives received a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to begin digitizing the entire collection in 2007. The Leopold Archives is now publicly available free of charge for viewing.”

~ The Green Fire ~

We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then and have known ever since that there was something new to me in those eyes, something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.” 

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~ The Land Ethic ~

“The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.”- Aldo Leopold

ALF - “Central to Leopold’s philosophy is the assertion to “quit thinking about decent land use as solely an economic problem.”  While recognizing the influence economics have on decisions, Leopold understood that ultimately, our economic well being could not be separated from the well being of our environment. Therefore, he believed it was critical that people have a close personal connection to the land.”

“A land ethic, then, reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of land.”

A Sand County Almanac

“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. These essays are the delights and dilemmas of one who cannot.”  - Aldo Leopold

ALF- “While Aldo Leopold was writing in the 1940s he could not have imagined the far-reaching impact his book would have. Over two million copies have been printed and it has been translated into twelve languages. 

Long respected in his own fields of forestry and wildlife management, Aldo Leopold was a prolific writer for scientific journals and conservation magazines. However, in 1937, sometime after his fifty-third birthday, Leopold became increasingly focused on reaching the general public with his conservation message. Working over a twelve-year period, Leopold wrote, re-wrote, and re-wrote again, essays that both informed people of how the natural world worked, and inspired people to take action to ensure the future health of the land and water that sustains all life.

Lead by Luna Leopold, Aldo’s son, a group of Leopold’s family and colleagues collaborated on the final editing of the book, reluctantly agreeing to one significant change; renaming the book from Leopold’s working title “Great Possessions” to A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There.

Through science, history, humor, and prose, Leopold utilizes A Sand County Almanac and its call for a Land Ethic to communicate the true connection between people and the natural world, with the hope that the readers will begin to treat the land with the love and respect it deserves.”

Jan 9, 2013 – Conservationists, authors, scientists, activists, and scholars from around the world discuss the meaning and importance of Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic for the future of all the cultures of this planet.

Book Review: Growls Of A Wolf

A few months ago, I posted an interview with Howls from the Wolfpack author, Ronin. At the time I interviewed him, his latest book, Growls of a Wolf was in the final stages of editing and had not yet been released. I was fortunate enough to win an autographed copy of the book shortly after it came out and wasted no time digging in to the goods when it arrived…and if I were disappointed, it was only because the book ended before I was ready to be done reading.

“…The sheep begin to murmur

The ground underneath tremors

Some in fear, some in anger

The shepherd senses danger…” 

“Growls” covers just about all of my favorite topics – freedom, politics, common sense…and more freedom. Now, to be honest with my readers, I knew before I ever cracked the cover that I would probably agree with most of the ideas Ronin presented in the book. I’ve followed his blog Ronin’s Journey, for about a year now & know from chatting in forums that we are like-minded thinkers so it was no great surprise when I found myself nodding my head in agreement as I read through the book.

Ronin writes in a very down-to-earth style; no-nonsense, no bullshit. As a fellow ‘pissed off independent’ I appreciate the moderate voice of reason…

Pass laws on the actions that physically infringe on people’s rights like murder, assault, rape, stealing or endangering kids. The actions that only affect you by choice – stay out of it.”

“If the government slowdown (it’s not a shutdown) creates the aftershocks the masters of fear (politicians & their media talking heads) say it will, doesn’t that tell you the government is too big, and we who live under it are weak? It’s WE THE PEOPLE – not kneel before the Federal Government begging for your monthly stipend…” 

While my favorite section of the book is the one on politics (huge surprise there, right?) I enjoyed all of the chapters & topics – from poetry to politics…focusing on Wolf Mentality, self-reliance, an independent mindset and way of living…Ronin delivers a dose of it all in his first solo book.

Silent in the Shadows

Omniscient eyes

Small animals scurry

Under my watchful stare

Wind rolls over me

As it moves along its way…”

If you are looking for a unique gift for a special liberty lover on your gift list, look no further. Better yet, make it a package deal and grab a copy of Howls from the Wolfpack and keep a book for yourself – I promise you will not be disappointed!

Read my Interview with Ronin here.

Follow Ronin’s blog here.

Order your copy of Growls of a Wolf here.

A Day With Gary Johnson

After months of writing about and promoting Governor Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign, I actually got to meet the man himself yesterday afternoon. To say that it was a truly exciting day would be to make the understatement of the century…it was one of those once-in-a-lifetime days that will forever be woven into the fabric of my memory as a day that made my life a more interesting tale.

First off, much love and credit to my best friend and light of my life, Steve, who really made this day happen. I may be willing to support or campaign online or behind the scenes but he is the one who stepped forward and took the campaigning efforts to a whole new level. This week marks our 8th wedding anniversary and the trip to meet Governor Johnson was Steve’s gift to me. Other women may get diamonds but I’ll take a good adventure & road trip over a cold rock any day and Steve knows that better than anyone!

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Growls Of A Wolf; Exposing The Games Society & It’s Leaders Play

Ronin cuts through the spin and shows the reasons behind the lies, how freedom is being lost and showing the principles to living life to the fullest…

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Independent thought is hard and liberating; thoughtless acceptance is easy & enslaving.

Growls & Howls; An Interview With Ronin

Posted below is an interview I had the pleasure of conducting with Ronin, contributing author of “Howls of the Wolfpack” and solo author of, “Growls of a Wolf” set for release this coming Tuesday, July 17th.

For those of you who appreciate challenging the sheeple-flock mentality, who relate to no-nonsense and down to earth concepts of liberty, freedom and personal responsibility, Ronin’s works are a must-read. Written in the form of short stories, poetry & essays, Ronin encourages others to step outside the flock and begin the path of independent thinking.

“Growls” is billed as, “A blue-collar look at politics & today’s issues…Ronin cuts through the spin and shows the reasons behind the lies, how freedom is being lost and showing the principles to living life to the fullest…” and if his contributions to “Howls of the Wolfpack” are any indication, his solo book will not fail to deliver what is promised – and more.

So without further ado, meet one of my favorite up & coming authors, Ronin - 

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MBW -What led you to write? Of all the artistic mediums, why did you choose words as your creative outlet? Why words instead of painting, music or sculpture?

Ronin- Originally I was an artist, but the more I read, the more I decided to put my imagination on paper. Then I got interested in politics and the best way for me to process is to write I found. Or to blow off steam. At first I wrote stream of thought and then later I refined it, made it more conversational, with questions to the readers scattered through out to get them involved in it.

At least that’s my goal. I haven’t seen a lot of feedback on my writing style.

Now as for putting it into book form, one of my friends brought up a group book promoting the ‘Think For Yourself’ mentality and our interpretation of it. From that, “Howls from the Wolfpack” was forged.

 Who in your life has had the most impact or influence on your way of thinking?

Thorin. He wrote a book that’s now out of print titled “Stalking The Flock” where he played the Devil’s advocate on all that I held sacred almost. My questioning style may have subconsciously came from that. He followed that with even more books that fostered the Think For Yourself mentality. Which is also known as the Wolf Mentality, or philosophy.

 At what point did you consciously realize that you identified with the Wolf persona? Was there one event in particular or was it a series of events that caused you to realize you do not view the world in the same way as the majority of folks seem to view it?

When I could walk without a care in the world at what others opinions were of me and that my hungry of knowledge couldn’t be satisfied. I realized my goal to reach that had been reached. I was wholly my own person, and I cherish that.

My name Ronin was a goal towards that, and it caused enough confusion among friends and family I explain it in “Why Ronin?” in Growls Of A Wolf.

And as for the last part of your question I realized I no longer think like most people when I bring up angles and questions they never thought of or just deem it unacceptable. To become a Wolf you have to look at everything you are and question if you’re a product of yourself, or your surroundings and influences. I go in depth on that in “Who Is Your Master/Bow To None” in Howls From The Wolfpack. By looking at everything I believed at the time and questioning it relentlessly only the steel remained. And by being that thorough, I knew how to get to the point at any angle.

You have 5 sentences in which to sum up your life…what would you say that you want people to know or remember?

I want to be remembered as a good husband and father who was his own man and taught others to stand on their own. And a dangerous enemy to have.

 Of all the threats mankind is currently facing what do you consider to be the greatest threat to our existence as free beings?

Apathy. We are so comfortable now, so entertained, that humanity in the First World, will only complain if that comfort is taken away. And if it is take away, they’re too soft to do anything about it. Only about 30 to 40% vote in General elections and even less than that in the Primaries where it really matters. The other 60-70% are comfortably numb.

In the Primaries I ignored the debates and campaign speeches, I looked for the candidates records. Then you have more of a choice than the 2 or 3 in the General Election.
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