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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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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Let us hope the studies that are going to take place in Canada via funding from the Canadian Pacific Railroad and Parks Canada will reveal plans of action that can be put into effect "pronto" so as to begin to mitigate Grizzly deaths that take place due to train collisions(the single biggest cause of Grizzly deaths in parts of Canada due to grain spills on tracks)

CP, Parks Canada announce bear-protection research grants

Canadian Pacific and Parks Canada have awarded grants to research teams at the University of Alberta and the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University to help further mitigate rail-related grizzly bear mortality in Banff and Yoho National parks.

During the next four years, the academic research teams, supported by experts from Parks Canada and CP, will test the effectiveness of grain aversion, determine potential off-site habitat improvements and better identify the causes of grizzly bear mortality along the rail corridor, CP officials said in a prepared statement.

The research projects, which are set to begin in spring pending approval of animal-care protocols, are the latest initiatives in a five-year joint action plan announced by CP and Parks Canada in October 2010.

"These innovative projects will incorporate the best science available to address railway-related bear mortality through shared responsibility," said CP President and Chief Executive Officer Fred Green.

Parks Canada's short-term actions under the plan include a bear GPS collaring and monitoring program, as well as sight-line and sound-line improvements through vegetation management, CP officials said. Also, the researchers will establish an off-site test area to evaluate fence and closure alternatives to assess additional infrastructure that may be necessary to prevent bears from entering the rail corridor.

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