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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, July 7, 2012

Brooks Fahy at PREDATOR DEFENSE has shared an updated report on the futility of killing coyotes as a means to preventing predation on livestock............As has been shown by researchers around North America, the exact opposite can and often does happen--humans kill coyotes and the remaining coyotes kill more livestock and produce larger litters of pups.............. Dr. Robert Crabtree, predator ecologist at the YELLOWSTONE ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER provides a concise explanation of this phenomena in his updated research on the subject(attached)

From: Brooks Fahy <       
Date: Fri, 06 Jul 2012 22:47:43 -0700
Subject: Coyote Control: Is It Effective or Necessary?

Coyote Control: Is It Effective or Necessary?

One of the country's foremost wildlife ecologists, Dr. Robert L. Crabtree, has conducted decades of extensive research on predator ecology and coyotes. His findings demonstrate that indiscriminate killing of adult coyotes, like that done by USDA Wildlife Services, actually increases the coyote population. For example, lethal control drives coyotes to target unnatural prey sources, such as sheep, in order to feed larger litters of pups. Dr. Crabtree wrote a scientific opinion letter on coyote control for Predator Defense.

sheep predation by coyotes increases when humans pressure coyotes with bounties and sport hunting

Dr. Crabtree has been featured in the New York Times, Outside magazine, and National Wildlife Federation magazine, to name just a few. His work with coyotes has also been the focus of numerous wildlife documentaries and was chronicled by Todd Wilkinson in the book Track of the Coyote, published by Northword Press in 1995. About Dr. Crabtree
Brooks Fahy
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