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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, April 25, 2012

I am reminded that St. Louis was the farthest West settlement at the beginning of 19th century America,,,,the "jumping off" point for Lewis & clark and all the Mountain Men both pre and post their epic exploration..............We now have our 24th verified Puma sighting(picture below) in Missouri since 1994...........If somehow a female Puma would make her way from South Dakota into the "Show-Me-State", she would have her pick of eligible Puma bachelors..........From there a breeding population could begin to make a comeback and St. Louis at the beginning of the 21st century could be the "jumping off" point for Pumas to push East, in the spiriit of exporation,,,,,,,,,,only this time to the Atlantic Ocean, seeking to restore a "Wild America 200 years after we all but blinked out the East of its wild heritage

Another mountain lion sighting confirmed in Missouri

By The Associated Press

 Jamesport, Mo. —

Another mountain lion sighting has been confirmed in Missouri, this time in the north-central section of the state.

Grundy County, Missouri Puma on trailcam as of 4/2/12

Locations of Pumas in Missouri since 1994

The state Conservation Department said Tuesday that a trail camera photographed a mountain lion in Grundy County on April 2. The department confirmed the sighting this week.

Conservation officials say it's Missouri's 29th confirmed mountain lion sighting since 1994. Earlier this year, two mountain lions were confirmed in Reynolds County in southeast Missouri.

The department says it appears that mountain lions in Missouri are largely young males moving in from western states, and that there's no evidence the animals are breeding in Missouri.Mountain lions are protected by law, but Missouri allows people to protect themselves and their property if they feel threatened.

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