Hey, right before you hear my new radio series, Yukon 2058, and get to hunt mammoths in Vuntut National Park on hoverdoos, read this editorial.
Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth?
I think one might find Vuntut National Park a logical place to put the mammoths and to grow the steppe grasses, some of which we still have. Beringia didn’t lose everything to an ice age–and I think we could create a huge area of this grass for the mammoths. Should we do it? It’ll probably be expensive, but it’s not Canada who’s funding it. Ethically? I hear the author of the editorial–who still has Jurassic Park on his mind. This is the equivalent of asking should you get a dog when you live in an apartment. Is it good for the dog? Who knows what dogs in apartments think? And who knows what birthing a mammoth will do. I don’t think it’s wrong to try. We’ve created Ligers before (lion and tiger mixes)–we breed purebred dogs and create breeds (this is NOT natural)–and we can learn a lot about mammoths by having a herd of them. I see nothing wrong in trying. But you decide.
I posit what we might do with mammoth in Yukon 2058, the radio series coming to CBC on December 1st. I think they could have a positive impact, and certainly science has learned a lot through many other experiments. Creating life is a much better idea than killing it. Would it be torture? Or would the apartment dweller adapt to the needs of the dog? Create the grasses from the DNA of the seeds in the mammoth stomach–do the habitat research ahead of bringing back the mammoth.
Bring back Steppe Grasses? Yes. And do it a long time before you bring back the mammoth. It’s always good if you can make the apartment livable for a big dog.