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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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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Pumas are strong swimmers.......Some Vancouver boaters got to see first hand just how strong as the great video below depicts

Cougar seen swimming in Sechelt Inlet: Caught on video

  It's a sight you wouldn't expect to see in the Strait of Georgia - a cougar swimming alongside a boat.
A group of people was travelling back to Sechelt last Thursday afternoon when all of a sudden they noticed a cougar in the water beside them. They were at Nine Mile, where Sechelt Inlet and Salmon Inlet meet.

"It was the first cougar I ever saw so it was pretty exciting," said Mark Wilson who had hopped a ride on his friend's boat to go home at the end of the day. Wilson works on power plants in the area.
"It was an adrenaline rush," said Wilson, who wasn't scared by the big cat. "It got me fired up."

As the group scrambled to take pictures and video, the cougar appears to be trying to get on the boat.
"I think he felt a bit threatened by us," said Wilson, "but there wasn't any danger or anything."
While this is the first cougar Wilson has seen swimming in the inlet, he said he's also seen a bear and a deer going for a swim.

click here to watch the video of the Cougar swimming:: Global BC | Cougar seen swimming in Sechelt Inlet: Caught on video

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