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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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Saturday, September 15, 2012

If in fact cannibalism and fighting between male and female Polar Bears is occurring for the first time on record due to global warming and shrinking ice blocks in which to hunt seals, why is the Ontario and Quebec Government leaders allowing 60 of the "Great White Bears" to be killed this year?

Southern Hudson Bay polar bear count to continue this fall-----Meanwhile, governments and hunting organizations agreed to voluntary quota of 60 bears

The Nunavut government says a voluntary polar bear quota will be maintained again this year in southern Hudson Bay while surveys in the area are completed. Last September, Nunavut worked with the governments of Ontario and Quebec, as well as Inuit and wildlife organizations to come to a voluntary agreement to reduce the harvest to 60.

Drikus Gissing, with the Nunavut government, says all parties agreed to a voluntary, as opposed to an imposed, quota of 60 bears for the southern Hudson Bay population. (CBC)
Drikus Gissing, the Nunavut government's Director of Wildlife Management, said hunters only killed 48 this past year.

The harvest number will remain at 60 until the surveys are complete. "The Nunavut harvest of 25 is being maintained, a harvest of 26 was agreed to for Quebec, and then allocation to the Cree in Quebec as well as Ontario was agreed to: four for the Quebec side and five for the Ontario side," said Gissing.

Gissing said there was a polar bear survey done for the region in 2011, but many felt it was incomplete.

He said a survey of islands along the Quebec side will be done in a few weeks. Once all the survey results are in, the various groups will meet to decide if the total allowable harvest in the area should be increased, decreased or stay the same.

The number of bears in the region has been hotly debated in the past. Gissing said last year, hunters killed more than a hundred bears.

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