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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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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Time to wake up and see the Arctic melt for what it is------We have called an "audible" on carbon burning that now has forest fires eating into Polar Bear denning regions----Virtually unheard of for millenia!


Forest fires threatening polar bears for the 1st time ever  

Winnipeg Sun

Polar bear A polar bear looks out at Hudson Bay from Wapusk National Park.
Forest fires are threatening Manitoba polar bear habitat, according to Polar Bears International.
Unusually dry conditions have sparked fires in a denning area in Wapusk National Park, along western Hudson Bay.
Fires are rare in permafrost areas, but warmer temperatures are thawing the permafrost, says Steven Amstrup, chief scientist for PBI.
 "Not only is the permafrost no longer permanent, tree roots needed to stabilize the den structure are disappearing," Armstrup said in a release. "In other words, the kinds of habitats where mother polar bears in this area give birth to their cubs are simply disappearing as the world warms."
Female polar bears set up dens under the root crowns of small, slow-growing spruce trees in the area. The dens are often used for generations, Amstrup says.

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