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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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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Historically a common resident of Texas, Black Bears were driven from the state at the turn of the 20th Century............A natural recolonization is taking place with Bears migrating in from Mexico............The Rio Grande and Hill Country is at least a visiting point for Bears who have been driven by drought to wander long distances for food.............Let us hope that a breeding population gets a toehold in the Lone Star State--------Ironic that urbanized NJ and Connecticut can harbor a thriving black bear population and the vast reaches of Texas has been a "no-bears land" up until now

Black Bears Making a Comeback in Texas

 by: Brian Baresch;

Counties along the Texas-Mexico border are reporting a surge in reports of hungry invaders from Mexico: Bears. And wildlife biologists are trying to quickly educate border residents about the do's and don'ts of living with the big mammals.

Black bears are native to most of the Southwest, but in Texas human development, hunting and trapping drove the ursine wildlife out of most of South Texas and the Hill Country decades ago.
Now they are back. Black bear activity along the Rio Grande has increased dramatically. During 2012 there have been dozens of sightings where bear activity was considered extremely rare.

Jonah Evans, a biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife  says the bears are coming in from Mexico looking for the bare necessities."There have been a lot of bears in Mexico for quite some time," Evans said. "Population's growing. We've had this severe drought in the last year and a half coupled with some big wildfires, and there's all of a sudden a shortage of food available."

Evans said the bears are generally not dangerous, but people have to follow one important rule: Don't feed the bears. Black bears can become a nuisance if they gain a taste for human food, pet food or trash. There are many reports of bears tipping over deer feeders and raiding trash cans along the border. Residents in border counties border need to secure their trash, bird feeders and pet food, so bears don't become keep coming back for easy meals.

"Make sure the bear doesn't get food," Evans said. "Let it stay wild, and we should have much less problems with them than we would otherwise.

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