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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, March 21, 2012

I alway find it fascinating at how our news media goes absolutely ballistic,,,,, "throwing flames on the fire",,,, when they report on the very occasional Grizzly Bear, Puma, Wolf or Coyote attack that ends up killing a human(one pours out their heart to the victim and their families of course)........And yet, each year in the USA alone, there are over 1000 people shot by hunters with about 100 of those shootings resulting in death...When these horrible incidents occur, the Press reports them but in "muted tones".............Folks, there are not 100 human deaths annualy caused by our Wolves, Pumas, Bears and Panthers.............I think that you can count the number of carnivore attacks that take place on humans each year on one hand or less.........So are we truly the enlightened and spiritual beings that our Politician and Clergy friends keep spouting off about and making us out to be???,,,,,,,,Or are we really narrow minded, self-centered and narcisstic creatures that only have empathy for fellow humans and not for the rest of Creation??,,,,,,,,,,,I believe Bill O'Reilly of Fox News would refer to us(the human family) as "PINHEADS"!!!!

Newport man, mistaken as bull elk, dies in Polk County hunting accident

Written by Saerom Yoo; Statesman

Travis Watson, 24, who was part of the group, told investigators that he shot Fernandez Galicia, thinking he saw a bull elk the group had been pursuing, according to the sherriff's office. Fernandez Galicia was wearing light-colored clothes. "This is a tragic incident in which a bright-colored vest and hat might have avoided the loss of life," Sheriff Bob Wolfe said in a statement. "Every hunter is responsible to properly identify their target prior to pulling the trigger to avoid such a tragic outcome."

Dick Cheney needs shooting lessons

The group attempted to resuscitate Fernandez Galicia, but he died at the scene.
The shooting was reported at 2 p.m. Saturday. The body was recovered at about noon Sunday, in "very difficult and rugged coast range mountains," officials said.
There were no witnesses to the shooting, Wolfe said. Watson and the rest of the group have been cooperative with the investigation.

Wolfe called the incident a "tragic hunting accident."
No charges have been filed.

How Many People are Killed or Injured in Hunting Accidents?

By Doris Lin,

Question: How Many People are Killed or Injured in Hunting Accidents?


According to the International Hunter Education Association, approximately 1,000 people in the US and Canada are accidentally shot by hunters every year, and just under a hundred of those accidents are fatalities. Most victims are hunters, but non-hunters are also sometimes killed or injured. Although some other forms of recreation cause more fatalities, hunting is one of the few activities that endangers the entire community, and not just the willing participants.

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