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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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Friday, December 14, 2012

Brooks Fahy and his ever active PREDATOR DEFENSE advocacy Group has just released a teriffc new film entitled: "THE IMPERILED AMERICAN WOLF",,,,,,,,,,,,click on the link in the body of the article below to soak in the facts about the journey of Wolves from the Endangered Species list into the crosshairs of State managed hunt and trapping seasons that in some Rocky Mtn States span a full 52 weeks of the year---Great job on this film Brooks!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 14, 2012Contact:  Brooks Fahy
Cell phone: 541-520-6003

Email:  brooks@predatordefense.orgPREDATOR DEFENSE CALLS FOR A BAN ON WOLF HUNTING AND TRAPPING IN THEIR NEW FILM "THE IMPERILED AMERICAN WOLF."Eugene, Oregon – Predator Defense has just released a 9-minute documentary film called "The Imperiled American Wolf."

 The film directly addresses the controversial issues of state wildlife mismanagement and misinformation responsible for the slaughter of over 1,000 gray wolves in the U.S. outside Alaska since the species was removed from the Endangered Species list by President Obama in 2011.

from endangered to hunted and trapped in the "flip of a switch"

 "We hope this film will be the catalyst to halt the current state-directed wolf hunts and restore federal protection to these ecologically important animals," said Brooks Fahy, the film's producer and Executive Director of Predator Defense, a national wildlife advocacy organization. In this documentary, noted ecologist and author George Wuerthner, and animal behavior expert Marc Bekoff from the University of Colorado, explain the process of "social disruption" caused by random sport hunting and trapping, and how it impacts the health and survival of wolf packs.  "Indiscriminate shooting and trapping disrupts the social network of wolves, making them less successful hunting as a pack, and more likely to prey on livestock which is easier to capture," said Wuerthner.

 "Poor wildlife management sets wolves up for failure hunting their native prey."  The two scientists expose and explain the conflict of interest that makes it impossible for state wildlife agencies to properly manage large carnivores like wolves, and why true recovery of the American wolf will never be achieved under their direction. "Wildlife agencies cater to hunting interests desiring to reduce competition for elk and deer by removing natural predators like wolves," said Wuerthner. Bekoff concurs and adds, "Most people wrongly believe wildlife protection is the focus of wildlife agencies and think of them as unbiased guardians, having no idea that agency departments and salaries are supported by hunters through their license and tag fees."

 "This film directly tackles controversial issues that other wildlife organizations have failed to address. It will likely be unpopular with hunters," said Fahy. "If conservationists fail to make the truth known to the public and decision makers, wolves will continue to be slaughtered, and for no good reason other than satisfying the special interests of hunting and ranching.

"View "The Imperiled American Wolf" at: or 

For more information, directly contact the experts in this film:  Brooks Fahy, Executive Director, Predator Defense, cell: 541-520-6003George Wuerthner, Foundation for Deep Ecology, cell: 541-255-6039. Marc Bekoff, Carnivore Behavior Expert, email: 

You can learn more about wolves at Predator Defense's wolf page:

Founded in 1990 Predator Defense works to spearhead legislation, disseminate research findings, monitor government agencies, and, when necessary, pursue legal action. We also serve as a resource for reporters, elected officials, and the public. Our efforts take us into the field, onto America's public lands, to Congress, and into courtrooms.

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