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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, May 1, 2012

Coyotes and a recovering Black Bear population are not enough to drop deer numbers to sustainable levels in Maryland...............Farmers accrued crop losses of $7.5 million based on deer damage..............Human hunters are also not going to stem this agricultural $$ loss................Pumas and Wolves--it is time that we say: "come on back to Maryland!"

Maryland farmers: $10M in crop losses last year attributed to wildlife; deer blamed for most

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland farmers say wildlife caused an estimated $10 million in crop losses last year.The estimate was released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Maryland field office in Annapolis.

Eastern Coyotes take fawns and some deer during the winter months--but not enough!

Deer were blamed for more than three-quarters of the damage, and groundhogs and geese were blamed for most of the rest. Losses were greatest in north central Maryland, where about $4.3 million in damage was reported, followed by southern Maryland, where farmers reported $3.4 million in losses.
The results were obtained from an annual acreage and production survey. The figures show Maryland farmers spent an estimated $410,000 last year on preventative measures such as fences, repellents and devices to scare away wildlife.

the Eastern Wolf needs to take up residence in Maryland

Pumas need to come back to Western Maryland


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