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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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Monday, August 13, 2012

Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan was described in the New York Times today as an active and enthusiastic outdoorsman, a lover of hiking and deer hunting..................Should he and Govenor Romney be elected this Fall, let us hope that "drill baby drill" and "kill baby kill" do not earmark the type sportsman Paul Ryan is.................Le t us hope that like former Governor Pataki of New York and Whitman of New Jersey, that Ryan is a Republican that can walk the fiscal walk while simultaneously embracing the root word of CONSERVATIVE----CONSERVE, AS IN CONSERVATION!

Sportsman Advocate
Named V.P.

August 13, 2012 (Washington, DC) -
On Saturday, Presidential candidate
Mitt Romney chose former co-chair
and current Congressional
Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC)
member Representative Paul Ryan
as his vice presidential running mate
for President of the United States.
Romney's decision to name
Representative Ryan as the vice
presidential candidate comes as
a noteworthy occurrence for the

the north woods of Wisconsin

From 2007 to 2011, Representative
Ryan served as co-chairman of the
Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus,
one of the largest bi-partisan caucuses
in the US Congress with over 300 members representing almost all 50 states.

Representative Ryan worked with
fellow democratic co-chairs on a numberof bi-partisan sportsmen's issues duringhis two-term tenure as co-chair of the CSC.In the 110th Congress, Representative Ryanworked with his Wisconsin House colleagueRepresentative Ron Kind as he did withco-chair Representative Dan Boren of Oklahoma during the 111th Congress.

Representative Boren showed his admiration
for Representative Ryan from the other sideof the aisle and gave praise to his CSCcolleague's announced candidacy. "Paul
has a firm moral compass and has alwaysapproached his job as a congressman withdiligence and honesty. Having many friends
on both sides of the aisle, he is an effectiveand talented leader. Although we belong indifferent political parties, I see Paul as a friend, a fellow hunter, and most importantly, a family man."

A self-described sportsman and an avid archery
hunter, Representative Ryan understands the
importance of bi-partisanship as a means of
protecting and pursuing issues significant to
the sportsmen's heritage. During his time as
CSC co-chair, Representative Ryan supported
legislation that achieved many victories for
hunting, trapping, and recreational shooting
and angling, along with other conservation
and fish and wildlife habitat initiatives.

Upon his introduction as CSC co-chair for the
111th Congress, Representative Ryan showed
his appreciation during a Congressional
Sportsmen's Foundation breakfast briefing
welcoming CSC members to Washington,
"It is great to see the leaders in this room
who have done so much to preserve and
protect hunting and fishing rights and habitat.
It is an honor to be a part of the largest bi-partisan
caucus of any kind in Congress. I'm excited about
co-chairing this caucus and working in a bipartisan
way on issues that impact my fellow hunters,
fishers, and all who enjoy the outdoors," said Ryan.

wolf pack in Wisconsin

Working with Congress, Governors and State Legislatures
to protect and advance hunting, recreational shooting,
fishing and trapping.

For more information on the Congressional Sportsmen's
Foundation go to or contact
Cole Henry at 202.543.6850 x 19 or email

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