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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, November 24, 2012

Researchers are seeking to learn about Wolverine migration patterns in and around Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks in Canada this winter..........While pound for pound the strongest land mammal in North America, do Wolverines have the abililty to adapt their movements to the Trans-Canada Highway so as not to perish and become gene-bottlenecked?

Wolverine-tracking project puts out call for volunteers

Skiers to tote beaver carcasses long distances through deep snow

Scientists are working to determine how the Trans-Canada Highway is affecting migration patterns of wolverines.Scientists are working to determine how the Trans-Canada Highway is affecting migration patterns of wolverines. (Jeff Ford/Associated Press/Canadian Press)
A team of wildlife scientists is looking for people able to carry a beaver carcass long distances through the heavy snow to help track wolverines in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks this winter.Volunteers will help researchers by nailing beaver carcasses and barbed wire to trees in order to attract wolverines and collect their fur.

Calvin Sime worked on a similar project in the Columbia Valley two years ago.
"[You get] fantastic views … in a mountainous terrain," he said. "Once you get up, there's some pretty nice views and some nice features to enjoy while you're volunteering."

Researchers are hoping to map wolverine migration patterns across 6,000 square kilometers.
"There is something about wolverines that just fascinate people. A lot of people are interested in helping out on a research project like this, getting out skiing in the winter time," said Tony Clevenger, who is spearheading the project.

Clevenger says the goal is to see how the Trans-Canada Highway is affecting the animals' movements."It's an exciting project," he said. "We had more than 40 people sign up two years ago and I'm expecting a similar amount this year."Volunteers need to be able to ski long distances through heavy snow in frigid temperatures.

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