The Murie family knows a thing or two about conservation, they are icons of the wilderness movement, specifically Olaus and Adolph Murie and their wives Margaret and Louise. These were remarkable people who cared deeply about wild places and stamped their indelible mark on conservation history. Their name has never been associated with anti-wolf rhetoric, quite the contrary.
“Poisoning and trapping of so-called predators and killing rodents, and the related insecticide and herbicide programs, are evidences of human immaturity. The use of the term ‘vermin’ as applied to so many wild creatures is a thoughtless criticism of nature’s arrangement of producing varied life on this planet. – Olaus Murie”
“Based in Grand Teton National Park, the Muries were active throughout the twentieth century. The Murie Family was strongly committed to maintaining the biodiversity of Jackson Hole and during the lifetimes of Mardy and Weezy helped establish the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance.
Olaus Murie was a talented artist and a pioneering field biologist for the U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey. He left federal service in 1945 to become the president of The Wilderness Society, which helped establish the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and was influential in the passage of Wilderness Act of 1964.
Margaret Murie (married Olaus, 1924) helped bring about the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the greatest land preservation act in U.S. history, and was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998.
Louise Murie (now MacLeod), a botanist, accompanied her husband Adolph (married 1932) on twenty-five expeditions to Mount McKinley (now Denali) National park. She served on the board of directors of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and the Murie Center.”….Wikipedia
Donald Murie , son of Olaus Murie, wrote an open letter to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation concerning their virulent anti-wolf rhetoric and use of the Murie name.
Donald Murie’s Letter to the RMEF:
“Some years ago your organization established the Olaus Murie Award, given to indviduals who have done exemplary work establishing and protecting habitat, for elk and of necessity other animals and plants. The Murie family approved the use of my father’s name on an award of that nature. Olaus and his brother Adolph spent their lives studying wildlife and especially wildlife habitat. Their careful and meticulous studies led to publications and scientific papers that have been used by students and established scientists as a solid, proven foundation for further research and policy making.
“Now, we find that your organization has declared all-out war against wolves; unreasonable, with no basis in science at all, wholly emotional, cruel and anathema to the entire Murie family. We cannot condone this. It is in total opposition to the findings of careful independent research by hundreds of scientists. Wolves have always been a necessary part of a functional habitat for elk and other game animals. They have been re-introduced into areas where their absence has resulted in ecological imbalances. Now you are determined to exterminate them once again.
“We cannot accept this. We must regretfully demand that unless you have a major change in policy regarding wolves that you cancel the Olaus Murie Award. The Murie name must never be associated with the unscientific and inhumane practices you are advancing.”
Press Release: Murie Family Cautions Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Over Anti-Wolf Rhetoric
July 18, 2012
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Changes Name of Conservation Prize Over Wolf Dispute
July 19, 2012
Loss of top predators causing surge in smaller predators, ecosystem collapse
Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
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