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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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Monday, April 30, 2012

Our friend and esteemed Jaguar biologist, Tony Povilitis recently penned a telling letter to the USFW folks in D.C. telling them in no uncertain terms that: "The USFWS should abandon the outdated assumption that the US Southwest is an insignificant,low priority portion of the jaguar’s global range, and move forward with a proactive recoveryplan to restore jaguar presence in the region...... This would greatly enhance prospects forconserving the species in its northern range and globally----read Tony's entire letter by clicking on the link below

Dear Sirs:

The document as I read it emphasizes range-wide conservation beyond the U.S. with little focus on what your agency and others can or will do here in the Southwest. I am especially disappointed to see it ignores the urgent need for connectivity conservation.

I attach my comments suggesting an alternative vision and emphasis. Prior to preparing a jaguar recovery plan based on the outline, I would appreciate your consideration of conservation biology and jurisdictional issues raised. A written response to my comments would be appreciated.


Tony Povilitis
 Tony Povilitis, Ph.D.
Life Net Nature

 click here to read Dr. Povilitis'
Comments on USFWS jaguar recovery outline

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