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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 29, 2012

With so much in the news regarding the economy, Iran, the Middle East and the Presidential election, most Americans are unaware that the Federal Government had planned to completely take the Gray Wolf off the endangered species list in the Western half of the USA and turn the management of the species completely over to the individual states starting tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 30th.............Thankfully, there has been a postponment that will give environmentalists a few more months to mitigate this blanket ruling...........This is critical as it relates to giving the Mexican Gray Wolf a chance to spread its wings into southern Utah, a region adjacent to the current designated Mexican Wolf recovery area in New Mexico and Arizona..........With under a 100 Mexican Wolves clinging to existance, biologists are urging that the wolf core protected zone be allowed to reach up into Utah..............Will President Obama tell Interior Secretary Salazar to permit this to happen?

Utah conservationists want wolves to stay listed
This undated file image provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a Mexican gray wolf leaving cover at the Seviellta National Wildlife Refuge, north of Soccorro, N. M.
The complete delisting of gray wolves across the lower 48 states had been scheduled for Sunday but was postponed for several months, Kirk Robinson of the Western Wildlife Conservancy told The Salt Lake Tribune.

Meanwhile, there are fewer than 100 surviving Mexican gray wolves, and they will likely become extinct without a larger recovery area, Robinson said.Utah had been under consideration for extending the recovery area for Mexican gray wolves, but behind-the-scenes maneuvering may have eliminated that prospect, according to the conservationists’ letter.“We want Salazar to know there is a growing constituency of Utahns who know what’s going on,” said Robinson, one of the letter’s signers.

In 2010, state lawmakers passed legislation directing the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to manage wolves to prevent establishment of a viable pack in any areas where they are not listed as threatened or endangered.
Randy Parker, CEO of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, said wolf packs in Wyoming have decimated sheep and elk herds, and allowing the species to naturally reintroduce itself to Utah is anathema to agriculture interests.“We want the state of Utah to hold the line on the wolf plan and the state law,” he said.

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