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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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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dry conditions and lack of mast production has Black Bears wandering farther afield in New England this Summer which likely will result in higher kill totals for hunters as Black Bear Season approaches......Maine saw 10% of its Bruin population killed last year and the total for this year should rise significantly..............Both Maine and New Hampshire allow baiting as well as hunting with hounds.................Amazing that even with all of these advantages, the Bears have managed to hold their own......Vermont has shown much greater respect for "fair chase: philosophies and does not allow baiting, trapping or the use of hounds in hunting bears--------Kudos to the Green Mtn State, one of my favorite spots on this Planet Earth!

Bear hunting season set in northern New England

Associated Press;        
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The black bear population is seen as healthy and robust as hunting seasons draws near in northern New England.
In Maine, where the season begins Monday, game officials predict success for hunters because of poor natural food levels that have brought many bears foraging out in the open. That increases chances for hunters who use bait.
''During lean falls like this, it is much easier for hunters to establish new baits because bears are searching more diligently for high-calorie food sources,'' said Randy Cross, biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
''Many hunters were frustrated with hunting bears last fall when natural foods were plentiful, but this fall should be a different story for many. Some years, the bears win and others the bear hunters win — this year looks like it will be the latter,'' said Cross.
Maine has the largest black bear population in the East, estimated 25,000 to 30,000, the largest in six decades. Last year's bear hunting season ended with a low harvest of 2,400 bears, IFW says. But it is predicting a much higher total this year.
For the second year, hunters in Maine will be required to extract a tooth from their harvested bear and submit it at the registration station. The teeth are tested so biologists can monitor the bears' ages.

In neighboring New Hampshire, where the season starts Sept. 1, last season ended with 418 bears harvested, which is within a normal range. New Hampshire game officials say the bear population appears relatively stable at an estimated 4,800. Both Maine and New Hampshire allow hunting with bait, by stalking or with hounds. Maine also allows trapping of bears, within specified limits.
Vermont's season also starts Sept. 1. The bear population is estimated at 4,500 and 6,000, with the highest numbers of bears in the center spine of the Green Mountains, the state Fish and Wildlife Department says. The department calls the current bear population robust.
To rebuild its bear population, now said to be at its highest level in two centuries, Vermon has banned trapping, outlawed baiting, controls the use of hunting dogs and has prohibited the shooting of bears at dumps — which can be a magnet for hungry bruins — for several decades.end of story marker

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