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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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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Is everyone in Wyoming of one mindset regarding Wolves and other large carnivores?.........Do the ranchers and hunting groups "own" all of the print and electronic media so that all you hear is a diatribe of anger, hate and innacurate claims about how are top predators are the reason for all that is wrong in the lives of Wyoming residents?..........Ms. Peterson and Mr. Pelzer should be embarrassed at their "journalistic" effort in their WOLF REGULATIONS PASS IN WYOMING, MOVE TO FEDS article posted below.......They state that the Wyoming Wolf Mgmt plan would allow for 52 Wolves to be killed in northwest Wyoming between mid October and the end of February......Not true guys as you dance around the fact that Wolves will be able to shot or trapped year round without limits as your state plan will classify the animals as "predators"............and of course the folks who oppose such draconian killing are described as "threats to the plan", without explaining what those people truly object to,,,,,,,,,,They object to the plan allowing the disruption of packs throughout the year,,,,,,,,,, the fact that there will be killing of Wolves during early breeding season as well as during pup rearing months...............the fact that this type year round hunting and trapping is unecessary and unwarranted considering the fact that of the 1.3million cattle living in Wyoming, Wolves killed 585 of them last year(0.045% of the total herd)............Can Wyoming residents get past the fact that you hate the federal Government(exceept when they are sending you agriculltural subsidy $$ or charging you virtually nothing to graze your cattle on public lands) and instead focus on getting taxes lowered and fixing the deficit------not making wolves and other carnivores the scapegoats in pursuing those goals...........High taxes, shortage of jobs and high deficits have nothing to do with WOLVES!

Wolf regulations pass in Wyoming, move to feds; Christine Peterson and Jeremy Pelzer

One of the most contentious animals in Wyoming moved one step closer to being hunted, with very little fanfare.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission on Wednesday approved a hunting season for wolves that would begin Oct. 1, if the animals are removed from the endangered species list. It also approved rules on how to manage the wolves in and outside of the hunt areas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could decide on the listing by Oct. 1.

The plan would allow 52 wolves to be harvested this fall in northwest Wyoming. It also would create three types of management areas:A trophy game management area that would be most of northwest Wyoming outside of federal lands such as Yellowstone National Park. Here wolves could only be hunted according to hunting regulations.

A seasonal trophy game management area in northern Lincoln and Sublette counties where wolves would be trophy animals from Oct. 15 to the end of February. The rest of the year they would be predators similar to the rest of the state.

A predator area, which would be all of the state outside of northwest Wyoming and the Wind River Indian Reservation where wolves would be classified like coyotes.

Rick Kahn, a wildlife biologist with the National Park Service, wants the commission to consider creating smaller hunt areas around Grand Teton National Park if the packs that live in the park are facing too much hunting pressure. It's not something the commission needs to change right now, but something it can consider in the future, he said.

Some questioned the requirement to report a wolf kill in the hunting area within 24 hours to the statewide hotline instead of the standard 72 hours for other trophy carnivores.Officials chose 24 hours because they were not sure how many and how early wolves would be killed, said Mark Bruscino, large carnivore management section supervisor with the Game and Fish Department. That time frame could be changed in the future.

Representatives from some groups, including the Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association and the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, said they supported the plan.The management plan now rests with the Interior Department.Gov. Matt Mead said he expects the department to publish a final rule by Oct. 1, in time for the fall hunting season.

The biggest threat to the wolf plan now is likely the prospect of lawsuits by environmental groups claiming the deal would decimate Wyoming's wolf population to the point that it's no longer viable.
U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., tried in vain last year to insert a clause in an Interior appropriations bill to ban any legal challenges to the wolf deal. Congress passed a similar clause in a budget bill last year to prohibit lawsuits against wolf delistings in five other Western states.
Mead said Wednesday at a media conference in Cheyenne that he and Wyoming's congressional delegation are working to try again for a Wyoming no-sue clause, though he said he wasn't yet sure if they would draw up another budget clause or introduce stand-alone legislation.
Mead urged environmental groups to think twice about suing, saying they should recognize that the plan is scientifically sound, has been agreed to by top Interior officials, and has been worked on for more than a year with input from a wide variety of groups.
"It is not just something that we came up with that is just good for Wyoming," Mead said. "It's an agreement by a lot of parties who have worked on it."

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