A few weeks back, we 'tweeted' a link to a list of people in Idaho who have killed wolves this year. We were just sent a similar list of Montana's wolf killers.
What strikes us is that nearly all of the names are male. There are a few exceptions, and a few that are ambiguous. But by and large, the wolf killers are men.
Perhaps this doesn't surprise you. It doesn't really surprise us either. But in that reaction is an assumption that bears deconstructing: Men kill.
Seems like saving wolves and other species might take more than political will, legal muscle, and building reverence for nature. It might take reconstructing core notions of masculinity as well. We should turn our collective revulsion at sport-killing into a collective rejection of outdated notions of 'manliness.'
Undoing the damage of distorted gender roles is at least as important as saving wolves. In fact, it might just be part of it.