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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, May 5, 2012

Nevada is a State in need of Wolves and additional Pumas.............A 54% increase in Mule Deer hunting tags are being recommended by The Nevada Dept. of Wildlife..........The Winters are getting milder in the State and the "Mulies" are proliferating like crazy with only modest fawn mortality...........Human hunting is never going to keep the range healthy and regenerating properly............Wolf and Puma are "agents of control" missing from the "keep the land healthy" paradigm that rarely if ever gets mentioned by State Game Commissions

Deer tag quotas may be increased
The Nevada Department of Wildlife will make recommendations for some healthy increases in tag quotas for many big game species at the upcoming Nevada Board of Wildlife Commission Meeting May 11 and 12 in Reno. Growth in most big game populations and elevated male ratios have provided a biologically safe opportunity for a significant increase in hunting, most notably in mule deer, without jeopardizing herd health.

"We have great news on the big game front," said Tony Wasley, NDOW big game biologist. "The department just recently published our quota recommendations for our 2012 seasons. We are recommending a significant increase in opportunity for sportsmen especially with respect to mule deer."

Not enough hunters to keep Mule Deer #'s in check with land carrying capacity

After the second consecutive year of modest increases in Nevada's mule deer population estimate, a series of factors are contributing to NDOW's increased tag quota recommendations in many hunt units. An overall increase of 54 percent above 2011's recommendation is being presented. Some of these areas have been growing rapidly with increases in buck ratios, some of those same areas had exceptionally high fawn production and recruitment.

"We had a perfect storm of events out there," said Wasley. "We had a great winter in 2010-2011, great forage conditions last summer, and a really mild winter this year which allowed for high levels of recruitment. We have a lot of yearlings out there in the population and with the already high buck ratios, we have a lot of opportunity to offer sportsmen for mule deer hunting."

Nevada currently possesses a mule deer population of around 112,000 with 35,000 bucks, a ratio much higher than seen in most western states. Buck ratios in Nevada in the 1980s ranged in the low to mid 20s per 100 does.

Wolves after taking down a Mule Deer

Today, Nevada's quota recommendations are conservative and if approved would result in a post-hunt buck ratio of 30 bucks per 100 does.

According to NDOW big game biologist Mike Cox, "All of our quota recommendations are biologically sound, they are not going to do any harm to the population, and they are mostly just male. We are also seeing a continued strong mature segment of those male populations and there is no reason we should not let sportsmen take advantage of those opportunities."

A Puma leaps to take down a Mule Deer

Higher percentages of bucks in a herd do not equate to a higher quality deer or herd growth. NDOW is recommending higher quotas in part to reduce bucks, as a stockpile of bucks are of limited benefit to buck quality and likely detrimental to fawn recruitment and herd size because of competition for limited winter range in some areas.

"It's an exciting time for the sportsmen of Nevada," said Cox. "There are people who sit home in the fall who are die hard hunters who haven't drawn a tag and we now have the capacity so we should give them the opportunity."

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