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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wolves, Moose and Biodiversity

My friend Camilla Fox of Project shared the attached article with me describing how top down, trophic predators like the wolf actually contributes to soil fertility through culling the Moose herd. We have all begun to hear about how the wolves that have been re-introduced to Yellowstone have caused a revival of stream banks and Willow trees by causing the Elk herds to "be on the move" and not browse day after day in the same streamside locations. By Elk easing back their consumption of Willow browse, Willows are actually growing up to be trees............bringing back the beaver who now have wood for their dams........................with Elk, Moose and some bison kills on the ground due to Wolf predation, Grizzly Bears, the remaining coyotes, ravens and scores of other wildlife now have another food source(the remains of the wolf kill). Now it has also been established that as the remains of these prey creatures decompose into the ground, the soil in that particular location gets enriched allowing for easier tree and shrub regeneration.................allowing for more shelter and foodstuffs for all the animals who inhabit Yellowstone.....................Re-wild with our native carnivores and benefits cascade through the system for all animals including man!

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