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Published:February 7th, 2011 11:12 EST
Wildlife Management: A Call To Arms

Wildlife Management: A Call To Arms

By Vincent Gonzalez

Often times, when struck with the sheer magnitude that is life, we find ourselves caught in between the constant battle of good vs. evil. This is a battle that spills out into our daily lives in the form of choices and decisions. We can`t counter the evils of this world without first understanding the threat that these evils actually posses.

It is my goal in my lifetime to not only understand these threats that guise themselves in our everyday choices and decisions but to counter them with what wisdom I have and gain.

In this day and age, people seem too preoccupied with their own problems to really take the time to enjoy the nature surrounding them. Unfortunately enough, around the world nature is under threat at a continuously fast pace.

The sad fact is that often time enough, people usually only care about nature when it is in direct threat to their own livelihood or when it is too late. It is my goal in my lifetime to not allow the mistakes of the past to plaque the future wild things of the world. To help preserve the biodiversity we have now and help to maintain it for future generations to come.

Every individual has the power to help shape the world in a positive way; we need only to realize our potential and capacity for change. We need to open our hearts to our fellow animal brethren and respect the fact that we all share this world. Often time, people forget the fact that we are animals too; the only thing that separates us from them is our tendency to live up to this false illusion that we as humans posses dominion over all.

Under this false illusion, we humans have begun the process of destabilizing the balance that we are all obligated to uphold. Coming from a Native American back round, I was taught to respect the nature which we all espouse, we`re taught to never neglect its wonder or its temper. It is the belief in this hope that enables me to push forward in my efforts to help bring reason to this chaos consumed world, to bring about a new reverence for nature and to help allow people to exercise common sense instead of personal gain.

Being a wildlife major, I always hear my professors emphasizing the fact that the best way to help animals is to maintain people, how do you maintain people, laws. Of course this isn`t always the case but the fact of the matter is that for the most part, the protection and conservation of this planet relies hugely in part on the maintenance and understanding of the functions that this planet performs.

Laws alone are not enough. We learn new things about this world every day; the wonders of this world seem never ending. We must not confuse mother earth`s gifts as a gesture of atonement for our position as top predator. Just like the rest of the world, we have our place on this earth; it`s our job to figure out what and where.

Obviously, there`s no telling what the future has in store for us. The best way to prevent the mistakes of the future is not to discriminate the past, but to appreciate the present, for only then will the sacrifices of the past not be in vain. For in the end, the key to our future lies in the knowledge we have and continue to gain and the belief that we are all part of this world, not its master.

Once our collective conciseness reaches this state, maybe then will we amend the mistakes of the past. Call me optimistic, but I like to live under the assumption that we might someday. Only time will tell.