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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, June 19, 2012

I take issue with the University of California, Santa Cruz study that has concluded that lymes disease is on the rise in the midwest due to the decline of red foxes in the region.........Researchers have concluded that since Coyotes have become sympatric with red foxes across the eastern half of the USA, Fox populations have suffered as Coyotes have diminished their numbers..........For sure it is true that Coyotes will kill foxes and cause them to live at the margins of Coyote territories.............However, both Canid species hunt and eat the same small mammals and rodents that are host to the Lymes deer tick so my premise is that while fox populations maybe down in some regions, the combined coyote/fox impact on mammals, rodents and deer fawns has to greater than ever, thus in theory reducing the biomass of tick carrying mammals, birds and rodents..............What am I missing in challenging the U. of Calif findings?

Missing Foxes Fuel Lyme Disease Spread

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