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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, November 25, 2012

Of the 100 Pumas that occupy southern Florida, about 25% get killed annually due to collisions with cars..............As we have constantly reported on, US Fish & Wildlife has to collaborate with the state of Florida and get additional critical habitat put in place to give the Cats further room to spread their wings...................Does anyone know if Florida transportation Officials are consdiering highway under/overpasses for the Pumas in addition to posting signs urging motorists to slow down----Us humans are not reading the sgins!!!!

Florida Urges Motorists to Drive Slowly in Panther Country-

MIAMI – Florida officials urged motorists to exercise caution to avoid colliding into panthers, whose population has risen sharply in recent decades.

Two Florida panthers, a protected subspecies of the cougar that inhabits wetland and dryland areas in the southern part of the state, were found dead on Monday alone, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or FWC, said.

That brings the number of documented deaths this year to 23, 15 of which are believed to have been caused by vehicle collisions.

Florida Puma with kitten

A record total of 25 panthers were found dead in 2007 and 2009 and 24 in 2011, according to the FWC, which credits conservation programs for increasing the Florida panther population in the state to between 100-160 animals, far more than the 20-30 that existed in the 1980s.

In a statement, the FWC noted that these big cats are an endangered species and urged "motorists to be extra vigilant when traveling through panther country," especially "at dawn or dusk, when panthers are most likely to be on the move."

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