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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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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

If I am playing tennis, running in a 5k road race or planting in my garden, I do not seek "easy and painless"------I seek challenging and gratifying.........So, I do not understand why any hunter would want to take the easy route and lure in wildlife with baits of any kind............I get the fact that if my staying alive was based on shooting an animal for sustenance(then you do anything to get your meal),,,,,,,,,,but in this day and age virtually all Americans do not have to shoot their food to go without being hungry...............North Carolina disappoints with their recent ruling allowing Black Bears to be lured to their deaths through the use of peanuts as baits



The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding hunters that only raw products are legal when using peanuts and peanut products for the supplemental feeding of black bears or when being placed in locations where the Commission has established a bear hunting season.

North Carolina law prohibits the placement of “processed food products” in any area where the commission has set an open bear hunting season. However, hunters routinely supplement naturally available food with commercially available products, and the law allows hunters to release dogs in the vicinity of any food product that is not a “processed food product.”

Raw peanuts, shelled or in the shell, do not constitute a processed food product.
Processed peanut products include those that have been blanched, which swells the nut and cracks the skin for easy removal. Byproducts of the blanching (which are also sometimes sold by manufacturing facilities) will contain peanuts or pieces of peanuts, skins and pieces of peanuts. They are no longer considered raw, but processed, and are unlawful to place in locations the Commission has set an open season for taking black bears.

After blanching, the peanuts may be further cooked for roasting, and left whole or crushed to varying sizes. Roasted peanuts and their byproducts, which include coarse or finely crushed peanuts and their meal, are also considered “processed food products.” It is unlawful to place them in locations the Commission has set an open season for taking black bears.

After the final roasting, peanuts may be further processed into a range of products, including peanut butter. Peanut butter is also processed, and therefore it is unlawful to use it in locations where the Wildlife Resources Commission has set an open season for taking black bears.

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