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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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Monday, July 9, 2012

Intense heat can end up being the catalyst for Bison death through the killing agent of Anthrax......Wet weather followed by hot and dry conditions breeds the anthrax spores that are then injested by the Bison------The more we burn carbon and try to fool mother nature, the more these types of animal die-offs are bound to occur

Anthrax believed cause of bison death

FORT PROVIDENCE, Northwest Territories,  (UPI) -- Canadian environmental agents found 128 dead bison in the Northwest Territory and say they were probably killed by anthrax.
The carcasses were discovered near Mills Lake, northwest of Fort Providence and about 100 miles north of the Alberta border, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

"A field test on a couple of carcasses did turn out positive," said Judy McLinton, spokeswoman for the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources. "Given the number of carcasses and the chance when they looked at them that it was probably or potentially anthrax, we activated our emergency response plan."
McLinton said wet weather followed by a hot dry spell has made an anthrax outbreak likely. Bison wallowing in mud pick up anthrax spores from the soil and then inhale them, becoming sick
Because burning all the carcasses will take as long as six weeks, McLinton said they will be treated with formaldehyde and covered with canvas while they await incineration.
Anthrax is a deadly bacterial infection that can also infect humans. People with cabins in the area around Mills Lake have been warned to stay away from bison carcasses and to report any dead animals

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