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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, April 29, 2012

Across so many regions of North America, Moose populations are shrinking rapidly due to warming temperatures increasing the densities of winter ticks that weaken Moose capacitiy to overcome disease and wolf attacks...........Yet in the National Parks of Canada, Moose populations are above carrying capacity and the vegetation of the Parks is being decimated............Not only hunting in the Parks,,,,,,,,,,,,but increases in Wolf populations and restoration of Pumas(where they historically roamed) are needed to bring the Parks back into equilibrium

Parks Canada planning bigger Gros Morne moose hunt


A moose runs in front of a car as it crosses the road in Gros Morne National Park in N.L. A moose runs in front of a car as it crosses the road in Gros Morne National Park
Parks Canada is expanding the moose hunt that began in western Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park last year.

Five hundred moose licenses were issued in the park in 2011. This year, hunters will be allowed to take up to 900 animals.

Park Resources Manager Peter Deering said the larger cull is necessary because moose are still damaging the area's vegetation.
"What we are trying to do here is get the population down to allow the recovery of the forest, so it's a bit of a different approach," he said.
The hunting area will also be larger in 2012. It will include everything below the Long Range Mountains.
Deering said snowmobiles will be permitted inside park boundaries during the cull because animals will be taken from a large, remote area.
"As long as snow conditions are suitable for snowmobiling, it will be allowed," he said.
Furthermore the coming season will also be longer. It's set to begin in mid-October and run until Jan. 27.
Increasing the number of moose licences to 900 doesn't guarantee that 900 animals will be killed — Deering said fewer than 200 moose were removed from the park last year, even though 500 moose licences were issued for hunting within it.

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