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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 18, 2012

Can I ask for feeback from all of you blog readers on the PRO-SPORTSMEN BILL that just passed the House of Reps............By inviting hunting and fishing onto Wilderness lands, does this invite disaster to imperiled wildlife populations? Can the Interior Dept still keep our wild lands from becoming tapped dry?..........Is it a good thing to bring in the sporting community and therefore they will look to lobby for additional wilderness lands?...............Will the Senate also vote yes on this matter??????

 Pro-sportsmen Legislation
 Passed in the
U.S. House of Representatives

April 17, 2012 - Today, The Sportsmen's Heritage
 Act of 2012 (H.R. 4089) was passed with a strong
 bipartisan vote of 274 to 146 in the House of
Representatives. Sponsored by the leaders of
the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC),
the bill hit the House floor after being reported
 out of the House Committee on Natural Resources
in late February.

current federally designated wilderness in the USA

An amendment supported by The Congressional
 Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) to clarify that the
 protection given hunting and fishing in wilderness
 areas is not intended to permit motorized recreation,
mineral extraction, etc. was adopted. Three
 amendments that the CSF strongly opposed on the
 grounds that they would gut key provisions of this
 pro-sportsmen legislation were resoundingly defeated.
"I think it is important to recognize the contributions
 that sportsmen make to protect our nation's most
precious resources. Outdoor activities like hunting
 and fishing are a central part of our heritage and
way of life, but they also help fund a good portion
 of our conservation efforts," said CSC co-chair
 Congressman Jeff Miller. "We must remain ever
diligent to ensure the rights of sportsmen. Thanks
to the members of the Sportsmen's community,
 Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, and the House
Committee on Natural Resources, H.R. 4089 will be
 able to address some of the most pressing concerns
 the outdoors community faces."
The CSF has been diligently working with a
 multitude of partners in the conservation
community to gather support for this legislation.
 On April 12, 2012, the CSF co-signed a letter,
 along with 37 other organizations, that stresses
 the need for this legislation and urges Speaker
 John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and
 Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to support H.R. 4089.

"This pro-sportsmen's package of bills is the product of the
 coordinated efforts of the bipartisan Congressional
Sportsmen's Caucus," said Congressman Mike Ross,
 co-chairman of the CSC. "The Sportsmen's Caucus
has long been an advocate for hunters, anglers and
 outdoorsmen in our nation's capitol. The passage of
 this important legislation is crucial to the protection of
America's outdoor traditions and the advancement of
 the rights of hunters and anglers across the nation.
 I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Caucus
 to promote and protect our sporting heritage."
H.R. 4089 is essential to recognizing the importance
 of and facilitating the expansion and enhancement
of hunting and recreational fishing and shooting. It
is a compilation of four different bills (H.R. 2834,
 H.R. 3440, H.R. 991 and H.R. 1558) that promote
 and advance our hunting and recreational fishing
and shooting heritage. The Sportsmen's Heritage
 Act reaffirms that hunting and recreational fishing
 and shooting are important and traditional activities
 by providing a sound legislative foundation for the
 advancement of the sporting heritage. Click here
to learn more about H.R. 4089.
"The passage of legislation such as this is
 unprecedented and is largely the result of
 the bipartisan collaboration of the Congressional
 Sportsmen's Caucus," says CSF President,
Jeff Crane. "The CSF has been working with
 Caucus leadership and other Caucus members
 for several years on a sportsmen's package,
 and we are thrilled to see our efforts finally come
to fruition."
Specifically, H.R. 4089 includes language that:
  • requires hunting and recreational shooting
  •  and fishing to be recognized activities on all
  • Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management
  • lands;
  • protects recreational shooting on National
  • Monuments under the jurisdiction of the
  • Bureau of Land Management;
  • amends the Marine Mammal Protection
  •  Act to allow hunters who legally harvested
  •  polar bears in Canada prior to its listing under
  •  the Endangered Species Act to purchase permits
  •  in order to transport their trophies into the U.S.;
  • and,
  • clarifies that the Environmental Protection Agency
  •  does not have the jurisdiction to regulate lead
  • components found in either traditional ammunition
  •  or fishing tackle.
As H.R. 4089 progresses through Congress, the CSF
 will continue to be a voice and an advocate on Capitol
 Hill for hunters, anglers and recreational shooters across
our great nation.
Working with Congress,
Governors and
 State Legislatures to protect and advance hunting,
 recreational shooting, fishing and trapping.
For more information on the Congressional
 Sportsmen's Foundation go to or
 contact Gary Kania at 202.543.6850 x 16 or email

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