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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 16, 2012

We were all told that Lewis & Clark were the first Europeans to carve a route to the Pacific from the interior of North America..............In fact, it was Scottish born Canadian Alexander Mackenzie who was the actual leader of a band of explorers that accomplished that trek to the Pacific in July, 1793, 12 years prior to the Thomas Jefferson sanctioned Lewis & Clark journey............Jefferson knew of Mackenzie's accomplishment as early as 1797...........This spurred him to get Lewis & Clark going so that the British and Spanish would not have an easy time claiming Western North America as their own...........Prior to Mackenzie's trek West, he commanded Fort Chipewyan on Lake Athabasca in present day Alberta, Canada from 1788-to 1796.............His journal accounts of the prolific Fur trade and the enormity of animal skins flowing in and out of Montreal annually prior to the year 1800 is staggering-----North America was indeed a wild animal "Serengeti"!!!!!!!!

The Northwest Company listing of animal skins bought from the Indians in 1798-99 from the Canadian wilds North and West of Montreal---from the journal of Alexander Mackenzie

--106,000 Beaver skins

--6000 Lynx skins

--2100 Bear skins(griz and black bear not dilineated)

--600 Wolverine skins

--1500 Fox skins

--1650 Fisher skins

--4000 Kit Fox skins

--100 Raccoon skins

--4600 Otter skins

--3800 Wolf skins

--17,000 musquash skins

--700 Elk skins

--32,000 Marten skins

--750 Deer skins

--1800 Mink skins

--500 Buffalo robes

Even 300 years after the first Europeans colonized North America, its Western region was a "Seregeti" of wildlife

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