On Hunting, Running and Neanderthals – The Patterson Post #17 (Part 1)

Hello one and all, 

You may have noticed, last week The Patterson Post went on a slight hiatus. This was for a number of reasons, the main one being I helped my brother to run an ultra-marathon (50km). With a moving time of “5:26:59”, I think we can put it down as a success. I’m sorry if you were refreshing your emails on Saturday morning, never to see The Patterson Post drop in. 

However, this week I’m back, with not one, but TWO Patterson Post’s to make up for my absence last week. 

Part 1 is below, and I’m talking about all sorts of interesting shit, including hunting, running and Neanderthal brains. 

Part 2 is going to be solely focused on the upcoming UFC event this weekend. There’s not one, not two, but THREE title fights to look forward to, plus a few other fights to get well and truly hyped for. 

So, without further adieu, here’s The Patterson Post #17 (part 1). 

Read time – 3-4 minutes

A Shocking Wolf Hunt in Wisconsin 

216 gray wolves were killed in Wisconsin this past week after environmental protections were repealed. It was pure trophy hunting, and the number of wolves killed exceeded the statewide limit which was set. 

Hunting has an important role to play in our ecosystems. Management of populations such as deer is at times vital to maintaining biodiversity.

In Scotland, for example, many of our large apex predators, such as wolves and Lynx are extinct, so deer populations flurry out of control. If you’ve ever had a deer visit your garden, you may be familiar with how much damage they can do to small trees and bushes. Exactly the same thing happens in woodland when deer numbers are too high, so something must be done to keep them in check. 

Similar scenarios play out with invasive species. Wild boar are non-native to New Zealand, thought to have been brought over by early settlers and escaped. Boar are incredibly destructive, and will eat almost anything, including ground nesting birds. There are even photos of boar carrying off fawns (baby deer). So, again, there comes a time when humans should step in and do something to help fix human-caused problems. 

However, a mass killing of an apex predator is never justified. Apex predators are arguably the most important element of an ecosystem as they bring order and keep everything in check. A great example of this is when gray wolves were returned to yellowstone national park, and the whole system was brought into alignment. 

Why anyone would think that it is appropriate to slaughter so many of these beautiful animals is beyond me. Just because you can legally kill certain species, does not mean you should. 

This is a great example of why environmental protections are vitally important, and why we should grant our natural spaces as much legal defence as possible. 

This kind of event is exactly what gives hunters a bad name, and harms the positive work so many do in helping the environment. 

Those wolves are dead, but hopefully the public outrage which has followed these killings will contribute toward fewer killed in the future.

Watch These Cool Vids 

How Wolves Change Rivers  – This video is a classic, and one I’ve shared on Ross Blog before. It talks you through the steps when gray wolves returned to Yellowstone National Park. The presence of the wolves changed the behaviour of the elk, which in turn affected the plant species etc. Eventually, even the rivers changed shape. It’s less than 5 minutes long, and so worth a watch. 

Lift, Run, Shoot – Both of these guys are frightening athletes, and all-around savages. Cam Hanes is a famous bow hunter and a great example of what a hunter should be. He respects the animals whose lives he takes, and trains constantly to become “the ultimate apex predator”. They discuss hunting briefly in the video, and you get a feel for the deep connection Hanes has to the animals he kills. If you don’t know who Goggins is, check him out on youtube. I genuinely believe he’s one of the toughest human beings on Earth. (Thanks Jai for sending the vid my way). 

Louis Theroux’s African Hunting Holiday – I couldn’t be a bigger Louis Theroux fan. In this episode, he investigates trophy hunting in Africa. He asks difficult questions about the morality of rearing animals just to be hunted, and digs into the psychology of why people would want to kill an animal for the sake of it. 

If you don’t have time to watch the full episode, this 4-minute clip sums the episode up well. An old gamekeeper snaps at Louis, frustrated with his questions, and paints a sad picture of why the hunting reserves are vital to so many African animals’ survival. 

Read These Interesting Articles 

Light shed on early human development – In February, a study was published which shed light on the development of the human brain and how it differed from our hominid cousin’s, Neanderthals. 

A gene called NOVA1 was identified, which seems to affect the size and shape of brain cells. “The ancient human organoids (mini-brains grown in a lab from stem cells)  were smaller in diameter, had a more wrinkled cell surface and their cells multiplied more slowly than the modern human ones.”

It’s insane to think a single base pair (a single letter in billions of letters of genetic code) may have been enough for us to out-compete Neanderthals and drive them to extinction. 

100km world record missed by 11 seconds – Jim Walmsley missed breaking the 100km world record by just 11 seconds in January. He ran at a pace of 3:42 per km for 100 kilometers. If you run, you’ll recognise just how superhuman an achievement that is. I’ve never once clocked a 3:42 km, never mind keep that pace for 100km. Just awesome to see what humans are capable of. 

UK Cuts Aid to Yemen – The UK government will halve the aid it is giving to Yemen whilst continuing to sell arms to the country responsible for the humanitarian crisis – Saudi Arabia. I am ashamed that the country I live in will so obviously put money before horrendous human suffering. 

Why Do We Keep Funding War in the Middle East – In this article Rose explains why the UK is continuing to supply arms to Middle Eastern countries which are resulting in crises like Yemen. Another great piece from Heffernan. 

A Quote 

“Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realise we cannot eat money.” – Cree (Native American) prophecy 

A Question 

Which animals shouldn’t be hunted/eaten and why? 

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