Where no place on the planet is untouched by humans, faith in nonintervention makes little sense. We have already altered nature’s course everywhere. Our future relationship with nature will be more complicated. Stepping in will sometimes be wise, but not always. Navigating that complexity without hubris will be a great challenge.
Now that humans have extended their reach to just about every part of Earth, the idea of “wilderness” is being challenged. If science fails to intervene on this island, a top predator goes extinct (and not because of us) and moose populations could go out of control. But does intervention to save the wolves destroy the meaning of “wilderness”? Where do we draw the line?