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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, April 7, 2012

A Russian Biology Student who has studied Arctic Foxes with Univerist of Alaska Professor Falk Huettmann is seeking funding donors to continue his research...........He is also open to hearing from Biologists on additional studies that he might further pursue in this region of the world..............

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From: Rick Meril <>
Date: Sat, Apr 7, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Subject: Re: Arctic foxes - Russia and Alaska, US

Thank you for contacting me
I will post your note to me on the blog..................I am not a scientist or Professor or someone who works in the financial field...........Perhaps you will get a response from the blog post..............Continued good success and thanks for reading my blog.



On Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM, Dmitry Korobitsyn <> wrote:

Dear Mr. Rick Meril,

My name is Dmitriy Korobitsyn , I am 2nd year M.Sc student at the Northern Arctic Federal University, Archangelsk, Russia. Last 2 years I studied Arctic foxes in Arctic oil fields in Russian and Alaskan tundra with Prof. Falk Huettmann (University of Alaska Fairbanks) using non-invasive methods (observations, GPS etc.).

Arctic Fox in Summer plumage

By now, we have assembled a strong field data set about anthropogenic impact on Arctic foxes in two circumpolar sites. This dataset and its metadata are already used in university classes and it is published online with NBII and USGS; open access. First publications have been made and more are currently coming forward.

I would like to continue my study in collaboration with Prof.  Huettmann and as potential UAF student in Fairbanks-Alaska. As you know, industrial pressure on tundra ecosystem is very strong, and the oil industry is the main contributor  here. That is why my study subject is quite relevant, and we have good findings to share.
 Arctic Fox in Winter plumage

While I am also closely related with the oil industry as well as with the circumpolar university system, I am  searching  for sponsors for this fascinating  research. In case  you are interested in Arctic tundra wildlife conservation,  urban and industrial ecology and climate change questions for predators perhaps you would be able to provide me with suggestions and ideas ?
Thanks in advance,
Best regards,
Dmitry Korobitsyn
M.Sc. student, NARFU
Archangelsk, Russian Federation

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