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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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Thursday, February 23, 2012

"Mammalian carnivores are particularly vulnerable to extinction in fragmented landscapes"............Norm Bishop followed up on John Laundre's comments yesterday about the role Coyotes play in the landscape..............Norm supplied me with this CROOKS AND SOULE mesopredator paper that discusses in full what occurred in Southern California when coyotes were removed from a particular landscape............Bird species and small critters suffer as smaller mesopredators like racoons and skunks increase their density greatly without coyotes to keep them in check

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Norman Bishop <>
Date: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM
Subject: Your comment on night hunt proposed for coyotes
To: John Laundre <>
Cc: Rick Meril <>

Hi, John.

Thanks for your comment on Rick Meril's site about the subject.  It reminds me of Crooks and Soule's article, attached.  Great.  What the easterners are promoting is more skunks, raccoons, and house cats.


From John Laundre

Coyotes are the ONLY "large" predator we have in the East and as such play an important role in the ecosystem. To treat them as vermin indicates the lack of ecological knowledge game agencies and the hunters that run them have of ecological processes. Even IF coyotes impacted deer, which no study has shown yet, that is their role! Until hunters realize this and push for predator conservation, i.e. reasonable hunting regulations WITH seasons and limits, I am ashamed to call myself a hunter. I thought hunters were against the wanton killing of wildlife or does that just apply to the species they like? As they say, if your not with us, your against us and it is time hunters prove they have some of that hunter conservationist philosophy they claim to.

Norm B.

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