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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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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Newfoundland’s caribou population is declining, believed to be largely due to calf predation by black bears and habitat disruption............. The return of the wolf may help to reduce the number of coywolves(Eastern Coyotes) that also prey on caribou calves............ In any event, the Newfoundland and Labrador government can ill-afford to ignore the fact that a 2nd Wolf sighting has occurred.......... Many people in Newfoundland would welcome the wolf back recognizing that there is abundant habitat and prey for them to create a sustainable breeding population......... Rather than bury their heads in the sand, government officials need to wake up and smell the coffee, or in this case, the wolf scat

The Maine wolf coalition reports on the Wolves potentially recolonizing Newfoundland, Canada

In April of this year, a coyote hunter on New Brunswick's Acadian Peninsula shot and killed an 86 pound canid that DNA testing determined to be a wolf. It is believed to be the first wolf killed in New Brunswick since the 19th century.

This follows a wolf killed in Newfoundland in March of this year and it is at least the ninth wolf known to have been killed in the northeastern U.S. and eastern Canada in an area from Massachusetts north to Newfoundland. It is yet more evidence that wolves are attempting to recolonize parts of eastern North America where they were extirpated a century or more ago.

The New Brunswick wolf was determined to be a gray/eastern wolf hybrid. Gray wolves are typically found in more northerly regions of Canada while the smaller eastern wolves are found in a band across southern Ontario and Quebec. Gray/eastern hybrids do occur in southern and central Canada and are most likely the "new" wolves that are recolonizing eastern North America south of the St. Lawrence River. Wolves can travel hundreds of miles during dispersal from their pack and in the winter months, the frozen St. Lawrence River upriver from Montreal serves as a possible conduit for wolf dispersal.

2nd reported Wolf in New Foundland documented this Summer

The killing of the New Brunswick wolf has prompted The Maine Wolf Coalition to renew calls for a Bi-National Recovery Plan for wolves in this region. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent, the coalition states, "Some time ago our organization requested that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service work with Canada on a Bi-National Recovery Plan for this wolf.

  With the recent documentation of wolves in New Brunswick and Newfoundland, we believe such a plan is needed more than ever. We again ask the U.S. and Canada to work together to promote the natural recolonization of this animal. It is in the best interest not only of our environment, but of our economy."

The Maine Wolf Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to wolf recovery in Maine through research, education and protection. For more information, please contact John Glowa at (207) 445-2360         


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