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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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Friday, July 20, 2012

Kentuck Elk are moving into West Virginia and creating a breeding population.........Motion sensor cameras are being used by West Virginia Dept. of Ntl Resources to gauge the population size and draw up a management plant to perpetuate the population..................As always stated, Wolves and Pumas needed to round out the predator and prey dance card in W. Virginia

W.Va. to use cameras to gauge elk population

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — State wildlife officials are using motion-sensitive cameras and salt licks to track elk in seven southwestern counties in an effort to determine the size of West Virginia's elk population.

Wildlife officials also want to know whether the elk are reproducing or wandering across the border from Kentucky.The cameras are being installed in Wayne, Lincoln, Boone, Mingo, Logan, Wyoming and McDowell counties, which comprise an elk management zone established by the Division of Natural Resources.

"We've had confirmed reports of elk for the past several years in southern West Virginia," DNR assistant wildlife chief Paul Johansen told The Register-Herald ."Those were a direct result of natural movement of elk from across the state line, not necessarily released, but as a result of the restoration effort. We have a habitat I'm sure that's suitable for those elk that have wandered over from Kentucky. We need to put in place a management plan to help us, and we have, to help us most efficiently to manage that resource."

The DNR has not received any reports or confirmation that elk are reproducing but it is a possibility, Johansen said.The DNR wants to be prepared to manage the elk population if hunting the animals is legalized in the state. But a legalized hunt could be several years away, he said.

Another goal is to avoid conflicts between elk and humans, such as crop damage or collisions with vehicles."We try to identify an area that has both suitable habitat and minimum potential negative consequences or impacts from elk. That's the area we've identified as our elk management zone," Johansen said.
Information from: The Register-Herald,

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