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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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Saturday, March 3, 2012

University of Wisconisin Wolf expert Adrian Treves comments on the proposed Wisconsin Wolf hunt as follows: "The issue isn't whether a hunt should be allowed, but rather how and where the hunt is conducted"....Since the majority of Wolf depredations on livestock take place in a concentrated 1/3 of the State, he feels it is wrong to allow a statewide hunt..........We have discussed previously that wildlife management in the USA falls under the PUBLIC TRUST DOCTERINE...........This doctrine is best understood as establishing a legal obligation for states to conserve species for the benefit of their citizens....... However, for the wildlife trust to act as a check against interests that promote exploitation over conservation, courts must use the doctrine to hold states accountable rather than grant excessive deference to management agencies.

Bill to hunt wolves is off target, expert says

A University of Wisconsin – Madison wolf expert said Wednesday that a bill creating a hunting season for wolves is written in a way that might affect the long term health of the state's gray wolf population. The bill also doesn't target areas where there is heavy depredation of livestock and pets.
Adrian Treves testified on Wednesday on Assembly Bill 502 before the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

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Treves is an expert on the public attitudes on wolves. He and his research team have surveyed more than 2,100 Wisconsin residents five times since 2001 about their preferences and opinions on wolf policy in the state. Based on his research, Treves said he thinks Wisconsin residents will not accept many aspects of the bill. In his surveys, he found twice as much opposition as support for hunting wolves with the use of dogs or traps. The bill would permit the use of dogs and traps.

Treves said the issue isn't whether a hunt should be allowed, but rather how and where the hunt is conducted.

Also, Treves' research shows that 11 out of 12 wolf attacks on farm animals occurs in less than one-third of the state. However, the bill would allow a season on wolves over the entire state.He predicted opponents would challenge the bill by making it a ballot issue with voters and by filing lawsuits in state court, with litigants invoking the public trust doctrine.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued final rules in December to remove the gray wolf in the western Great Lakes from a list of threatened and endangered species.

The western Great Lakes' wolf population is estimated at more than 4,000 animals, including 2,922 in Minnesota, 557 in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and 690 in Wisconsin. Wisconsin's population is now well above the 1999 management goal of 350.

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