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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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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"The Wolf refused to be our friend and we've never forgiven him for it"--Carter Niemeyer...................Never a better "word picture" dedscription have I ever heard,,,,,,,,,,Carter nails it on the head in stating that the wild canids that refused to become domesticated by us have forever been excommunicated by the bulk of humanity...............

'Wolf Wars' big question: How many wolves will society tolerate?

April 5th, 2012 Posted in News "Do I think they belong here? Absolutely," biologist says

By Jimena Herrero

LOGAN — Wolf specialist Carter Niemeyer had a powerful message for his audience this week: "The wolf refused to be our friend and we've never forgiven him for it."

Niemeyer is a wildlife biologist and author of Wolfer: A Memoir. He's also one of the biologists involved in the current "wolf wars" controversy. He spoke at Utah State University on Tuesday evening.

Carter's insightful and page-turning memoir

While the reintroduction of gray wolves into Utah, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and California has been successful, he said, misinformation and anti-wolf groups have created fear among many citizens. "People aren't thrilled to have wolves back," Niemeyer said. "A lot of people are mad about it and there's been a lot of controversy."

Carter with sedated Gray Wolf

He believes that the main reason for the public's resistance is a general misunderstanding of wolves and their true nature. "Wolves are like people, they take the path of lest resistance," Niemeyer said, "I've never had a wolf stand its ground or attack me."

Despite the countless stories of wolf attacks, Niemeyer believes they are often blown out of proportion. "I just don't believe it. That's why I'm here sharing my experiences. People need to get used to the fact that wolves are back"

Recounting his experiences with wolves, Niemeyer hopes to educate and create tolerance for the wolf. He also hopes people will understand that they can enjoy the outdoors as long as they are smart about it. "We can't kill wolves based on stories we hear, we need documented evidence," he said. Niemeyer believes that education and advocacy can help change the negative perceptions surrounding the wolf.

Wolves have been demonized, and it's important for people to understand that wolves are an important part of the ecosystem, he told the audience. "Do I think they belong here? Absolutely," Niemeyer said. "The question is how many wolves can society tolerate?"

Students in the audience had positive responses to his talk. "It was very informative and he's a very down-to-earth speaker," USU student Jenna Moore said. "It was nice to see an advocate's perspective."
"My family is from Idaho so it was nice to hear a fact-based perspective, rather than a rural one," USU student Jessica McFarland said.

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