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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 22, 2012

Minnesota is all ready to institute its first Wolf hunting season when in fact they should be looking to restore wolves and pumas to the southern part of the state where farmers crops are getting hammered by deer..............

Deer Wreak Havoc On Southeastern Farms

ALTURA, Minn.  - Farmers in Southeastern counties say their crops are under attack by herds of hungry deer.While driving on county roads in the area around dusk, the sight of deer browsing in corn and soybean fields is quite common. And with deer numbers so high, their appetites are costing farmers thousands of dollars.
Vegetable growers, like Lonnie Dietz of Whitewater Gardens Farm, say there's less produce to pick from due to the deer.
"They can do it in a hurry too. They can come out and take out 3,000 feet in a night," said Dietz.

Puma's are a deer neutralizer

He's talking about rows of crop loss – everything from beets and potatoes, to carrots, zucchini and squash. "We're trying to grow vegetables in their dining room, really," he said.

On his farm alone, Dietz will lose between $5,000 and $10,000. Now, the Minnesota DNR is helping out farmers like Dietz.The state is lending Dietz a solar powered electric fence to protect his most valuable crops. And within a year, he'll install a permanent 10-foot-high fence to keep the deer from dining on his profits."As they touch it to go through or under it, they'll get a zap. It's electrified," he said.

white-tails will leave the swamp for farmers fields for easy food

The DNR's depredation program will also reimburse farmers up to $5,000 to install permanent fences to keep the deer out.Dietz hopes to have his up by next growing season.

Other than sharing the cost of fencing what else can the DNR do to minimize the problem? The DNR can also set harvest quotas to target areas where the deer are more numerous. Recently, hunters could take up to five deer a season.Currently, the hunting quota in Dietz's area is only one deer per season. This may soon be adjusted to further reduce the herd.

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