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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, May 9, 2012

As now widely reported, the Canid shot in New Brunswick last month has tested to be a Wolf and not a Coyote..........An admix of Gray and Eastern Wolf, some biologists are still speculating that it could have been a released pet rather than a free roaming Wolf.............150 years is a long time for New Brunswick, Canada to have gone without the howl of the Wolf............The New Brunswick Museum will do further tests to determine whether it indeed was a wild or captive animal

Wolf found in New Brunswick for first time in 150 years

In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a grey wolf is shown.
In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a grey wolf is shown.
In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a grey wolf is shown. The wolf discovered in New Brunswick had DNA from two species: the grey wolf and Eastern wolf.

FREDERICTON — Genetic testing has confirmed that an animal fatally shot last month by a hunter in northern New Brunswick was a wolf.
The surprising finding marks the first confirmed wolf sighting in the province in 150 years.
"Wolves are considered to be extinct in New Brunswick and there is no evidence that a breeding population has established itself here," the provincial Natural Resources Department said in a statement Wednesday.

The genetic analysis, conducted at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont., concluded the animal had DNA from two species: grey wolf and Eastern wolf.

The 90-pound canine was shot April 6 near Caraquet. Jacques Mallet, the licensed hunter who pulled the trigger, thought he was shooting at a coyote, which are typically much smaller animals.
Mallet said couldn't believe the size of the animal."When I killed it, we were a bit nervous weighing it," Mallet said in a recent interview.

The department said the range for this subspecies of wolf usually includes Ontario and Quebec, primarily along the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River. This type of wolf is also found in the United States in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The wolf carcass will be further examined at the New Brunswick Museum to determine whether it was a wild animal or a captive that escaped or was let loose.
Biologists believe wolves were hunted to extinction in New Brunswick by 1860, two years after legislation was enacted to encourage the destruction of the species.
Fred Harrington, an animal psychologist who has studied wolves and coyotes for over 30 years, has said the wolf could have come to New Brunswick on an ice floe, or it could have been someone's illegal pet.

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