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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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Sunday, February 5, 2012

First Nations and indigenous people througout the world used dogs to help them hunt...............Understanding their need to eat and sustain themselves, using every available means to secure foodstuffs seems logical and necessary........In 2012, the use of dogs in hunting does not compute.............."Fair chase" in my mind means using your wits and accumulated tracking skills to stalk and kill an animal,,,,,,,,,,not having your dog tree or run an animal until they collapse from exhaustion.............The Kentucky State Game Commission plans to vote on whether hunters can use dogs to both chase and assist in their killing bears---SAY NO KENTUCKY!!!!

Kentucky Could Allow Hunting Bears With Dog

Dogs could be used to chase black bears in Kentucky under a newly unveiled proposal that's being heralded by hunters and assailed by animal rights activists. 

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission could vote as early as next month to establish a roughly six-week season beginning in August for hunters to chase bears but not kill them, and another limited season in December in which hunters could shoot the bears that their dogs bay.
Kentucky Houndsmen Association member Doug Morgan said the proposal will not only provide hunters with more opportunities but will also instill a fear of people in some of the more brazen bruins that have moved into the state's mountain region.

The Humane Society of the United States criticizes chasing bears with hounds as cruel and unsporting.

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