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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, September 20, 2012

California which is a leader in wildlife protection in the USA can take another bold step toward co-existance with top carnivores when it votes on October 3 on whether to put Wolves on the state endangered species list.............The lone Oregon Wolf(OR7) would receive immedate protection if the act is passed and any other wandering lobos that enter California( or are transplanted there) would have safe haven.............With Wolves losing protected status in the Rocky Mtn States and the Midwest, the Golden State has a chance to make a statement about Wolf restoration in a most positive way..........I encourage you to add your name as a supporter of this action becoming law by clicking on the link below

Save California’s Wolves On Oct. 3, California’s Fish and Game Commission will be deciding the fate of protections for OR-7 and any other wolves that might venture into the Golden State in the future. Commissioners will be voting to accept or reject a petition to protect wolves under California’s Endangered Species Act. If they approve the petition, wolves will get immediate protection in the state while the California Department of Fish and Game develops a status review to determine whether wolves should be protected over the long-run.

 If they deny the petition, wolves could be on their own against some hunters, ranchers and others who still see wolves as an unwanted nuisance once federal protections are lifted.

Currently, wolves are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, but there’s no guarantee they’ll remain protected. In fact, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made it abundantly clear by their actions in the last couple years that they’re ready to get out of the wolf protection business. Further, recent discussions with federal biologists suggest that a delisting for gray wolves nationwide is likely waiting in the wings. If that happens, California is on its own.

Tell the California Fish and Game Commission to help ensure a future for wolves in California by approving statewide protection (here’s how to submit comments and information on the wolf petition). The Feds may be ready to give up on wolf recovery, but that doesn’t mean California should too.

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