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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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Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Moose are in good shape in Maine based on new aerial surveys---76,000 strong at most recent count............We long for the days when Caribou replace Deer,,,,,,, and Eastern Wolves come back into the system to create the triangle of life(with Pumas, the quadrangle of life) that earmarked the region in pre colonial days and right up into the turn of the 19th Century when land clearing, carnivore bounties and an expanding human footprint knocked out wolves and pumas, sent caribou packing and set the stage for whitetail deer expansion into Moose territory

The aerial survey by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife used a technique adapted from Canada.
The Associated Press

PORTLANDAn aerial survey shows Maine has about 76,000 moose.
A bull moose wades into a lake in northern Maine.
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife uses a double-count technique in the winter where two observers independently report the number of moose observed while flying in a helicopter over northern and eastern Maine. One observer sits in the front of the helicopter while the other sits in the back on the same side. They feed data to a recorder.

The technique was adapted from Quebec and New Brunswick, where it was used to count deer.
The aerial survey is far more accurate and efficient than previously used methods in Maine, state officials said, including transect counts from fixed wing, line-track intercept techniques, a modified Gasaway survey and Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR).

"This new technique turned out to be a good and accurate way to look at moose across a big part of Maine, which we've never had the opportunity to do before," said IFW Wildlife Biologist Lee Kantar. "It's exciting to finally have the techniques to get so much information on moose in the state because the more we know about moose, the better able the department is to manage this magnificent resource for the people of Maine."

The department did not survey southern Maine, saying the low moose population numbers in the area would likely add little to the total statewide population.

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