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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 12, 2012

Wolverines in Europe have been known to tolerate much more human distrubance than what we believe that their North American cousins can deal with...........Now we learn that one of our Wolverines has crossed the Trans-Canada Highway............Is there hope that these tough little "bearcats" can somehow adapt to our landscape manipulations and persist into the longterm?

Wolverine Makes First Known Trans-Canada Highway Crossing

 by Brett Israel,

After 15 years of looking left, then right, then left again, a wolverine has finally made its run across the Trans-Canada Highway.

The wolverine didn't run through traffic. The critter was caught by a wildlife camera while scampering over a special "wildlife overpass" along a stretch of highway in Banff National Park. The brave wolverine made the first recorded crossing of a wolverine overpass in the 15 years since they were built, reported the Rocky Mountain Outlook. The system of multimillion-dollar overpasses was built over the highway to reduce wildlife deaths.

"We've had wolverines using the underpasses before, but never an overpass, and any time a wolverine crosses the highway is big news," Trevor Kinley, a Parks Canada wildlife biologist, told the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

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