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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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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Trent University team of Biologists and Geneticists who are a proponent of the Eastern Wolf being its own species and not an admix of Gray Wolves and Western Coyotes have just published their illuminating peer reviewed article entitled: CONSERVATION GENOMICS IN PERSPECITIVE: A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING CANIS EVOLUTION IN NORTH AMERICA.......................The article(click on link below to read full article published in BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION) rebuts the findings of VonHolt et all(2011) that supported the conclusion of a two-species model of Canis evoluttion in North America claiming that the Eastern Wolf is a by-product of the hybridiazation of the Gray Wolf and the Western Coyote...............Read thorougly the Rutledge et al. alternative conclusion that there is in fact a three-species model of Canis evolution that includes the Eastern Wolf( C. lycaon) as a distinct North American evolved Wolf...............These two competing interpretations of the Canis evolution in North America is what prompted this blog to come into existance in 2010..................A tip of the hat to both groups of researchers for their tireless and unending pursuit of the truth................I come away backing the 3 species model based on all of the facts thus far provided by both camps..........Your thoughts and feedback please!


Eastern Coyote

Eastern Wolf

Gray Wolf

Western Coyote

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