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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, August 14, 2012

Traversing the most traveled freeway sysyem in America, the Puma known as "P-22" came down out of the Santa Monica Mountains ringing Los Angeles and has for now made Griffith Park(largest interior parkland in any city in the USA) its home.........I work across the street from Griffith Park in a highly urbanized "beautiful downtown Burbank" environment..................Incredible that a Puma has made its way to the Park without being noticed, being hurt and without incident with person or auto-------------Give our wildife some habitat and half a chance at living wild and free and they will return!

Local Mountain Lion Takes Up Residence in Griffith Park
The research lion, known as P-22, is believed to have traveled up to 20 miles from the Santa Monica Mountains.

-Agoura hills Patch

A mountain lion with a knack for navigating freeway traffic has taken up residence at Griffith Park.A motion-triggered camera used to survey wildlife in the park captured an image in February of the 3-year-old male known as P-22 and a biologist later captured it and fit it with a locator collar, according to the Los Angeles Times.
It is the first time a mountain lion has been confirmed to be living in the park despite reports of sightings, which biologists had discounted as mistaken.

The big cat is believed to have traveled up to 20 miles from points farther west in the Santa Monica Mountains, somehow getting over, under or across the Hollywood (101) and San Diego (405) freeways to make its home in the eight-square-mile park, The Times reported.
After it was photographed, National Park Service Biologist Jeff Sikich captured the animal in a trap, sedated it, took samples and measurements and fitted it with a radio/GPS collar so it could be tracked. The GPS function failed but scientists are able to generally track the collar's radio signal, according to The Times. Sikich wants to recapture the lion and affix a new GPS collar and on Monday he set out a frozen deer carcass to lure it.

The animal is thought to be related to a coastal mountain group of lions, according to preliminary genetic tests, The Times reported.
Sikich expects the cat will eventually seek a mate, possibly causing it to leave the park.

"We're really interested in how he got there, how long he will stay and, if and when he chooses to leave, how he will cross these freeways,'' he told The Times.

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