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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 23, 2012

Manly Hardy's family was a preeminent buyer of Furs in 19th Century Maine........Manly himself was also a Fur buyer, hunter and naturalist who authored a multitude of articles about the wildlife of northern New England..............U. of Maine Biologist William Krohn recently published a conpendium of Hardy's many writings and today we focus on his account of the WOLF in Maine in the mid 1800's----"IN 1853, WOLVES WERE VERY PLENTY, AND IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS THEY WERE NOT SCARCE"........"PLENTY COULD BE FOUND WITHIN 16 MILES OF BANGOR IN 1857 AND 1858"----Manly Hardy

THE WOLF CRY IN MAINE--THE WRITINGS OF MANLY HARDY(Maine Fur Buyer, Hunter and Naturalist; born 1832,,,,,died 1910)

-"There were rumors of Wolves being seen from 1875 to 1880, but the  first real proof I can give is that in 1880, I bought the skin of a freshly killed Wolf, taken at Union River"

-"I have never known these animals(Wolves) as rapacious as they are, to extend their attacks to man, though they probably would if very hungry, and a favorable opportunity presented itself"

Eastern Wolf  C.lupus lycaon) in Algonquin Park, Canada--likely the Wolf of Hardy's 19th Cent. Maine

-"Previous to the us of srychnine, some wolves were trapped, and I have seen quite a number that were trapped on Chemo Bay",,,,,,,,"After poison began to be commonly used, the Wolves began to decrease, although I feel as much by migration as by being killed"

-"While plenty(Wolves) in 1850, there were extremely few left by 1860"

-"In years when beech nuts were abundant, our Wolves used to eat a good many., and I have seen where a Wolf has fed on deer and beechnuts in the same day"

-"In conclusion, I will say that although Wolves made sad havoc among our deer, as well as farmers sheep, I have never known of a case of them troubling either men or cattle

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