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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

The 2nd Ocelot confirmed to be living in Arizona since the mid 1960's has been spotted twice in the past two years and appears to robust and healthy...............Is there a mate for him/her out there in the Huachuca Mountains?

Wildlife officials say ocelot in Huachuca Mountains appears to be same one spotted in 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. — State wildlife officials say recent photographs taken by a hunter of an ocelot appear to show the endangered cat is the same one spotted in the Huachuca Mountains last year.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department says the latest photographs provided to the agency show the animal has grown, gained weight and appears healthy. The agency says the pictures will be reviewed by other experts to confirm its findings.
Wildlife officials say the sighting is promising given the limited number of ocelots in the wild.
The small spotted cats with a long tail have been listed as endangered since 1982 under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Only one other ocelot has been confirmed in Arizona since the mid-1960s and that animal was run over near Globe in April 2010.

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