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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 22, 2012

Video of bobcat in Manchester, New Hampshire set off media fear mongering as the local media incorrectly described Bobcat as a Puma.............Regardless of whether Bobcat or Puma, what Helen McGinnis of COUGAR REWILDING reveals is that no matter what Game Officials told the media, the Press went ahead and "cried wolf", causing unwarranted fear of wildlife amongst homeowners.............Crazy we are in the Rocky Mtns, Midwest and East much more education needed whether directed at rural or urban folks harboring so much hate, fear and distrust of our wild cousins

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Helen McGinnis <>
Date: Tue, May 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM
Subject: Re: Video of bobcat in Manchester, New Hampshire sets off media fear mongering
To: Rick Meril <>


I notified Mark Ellingwood of the NH Fish & Game Department.  He said:
We notified the source of the sighting that is was a bobcat when we first received the video last week.  Unfortunately, a municipal source identified it as a lion, and the rest is history.  We also contacted all media sources that reported it as a lion, including the Boston media, this past weekend; and continue to communicate with the media as reports filter out and/or in response to inquiries.

Puma(top)/bobcat(below)---hardly the same animal


The very first clip from the video shows beyond doubt that the animal is a bobcat, wagging its short tail.  Bobcats in the East often do not have visible spots on their backs. 
What is disturbing is the fear and hype.  Everyone is afraid.  Cougars are NOT extremely dangerous.  Only three people have been killed in the US and Canada since 1998.

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