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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, June 30, 2012

Thumbs up for the Oregon Wolf population which despite best rancher attempts, appears to be "spreading their seed and multiplying through the eastern sector of the state

Female wolf captured on trail camera indicates wolves occupying new eastern Oregon territory

lactatingwolf.jpgThis image of a lactating female wolf in the Eagle Cap Wilderness was captured by a remote camera on June 4.
Oregon may have more gray wolves  than anyone guessed -- and more are coming. A trail camera has photographed a lactating female wolf in the Eagle Cap Wilderness straddling Wallowa, Baker and Union counties.  The image was captured June 4 on a camera placed by a research biologist as part of another wildlife research project, said Michelle Dennehy, spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The wolf wasn't in an area of the rugged, 560-square-mile wilderness where wildlife officials had tracked previous wolf activity, she said. The photo shows that reproduction occurred, but the current location and number of wolves and pups is unknown, Dennehy said.

Biologists believe Oregon has 28 adult gray wolves in the Imnaha, Wenaha, Walla Walla and Snake River packs, including two adults in the Mount Emily Game Management Unit between Pendleton and La Grande, all in eastern Oregon. In addition, the Wenaha and Imnaha packs recently produced four pups each, and the pair of wolves in the Mt. Emily Unit may have produced pups as well, she said.

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