“We reached the 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. 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.”

When Aldo Leopold, the American hunter turned conservationist, shot his last wolf, his relationship with the natural world changed, and he went onto coin the term thinking like a mountain. To think like a mountain means having an understanding and appreciation for all living organisms and their interconnectedness, from the tiniest of bacteria to an apex predator.

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