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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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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The agriculture Dept. is taking another stab at monitoring, managing and perhaps even refocusing the thrust of WILDLIFE SERVICES, the agency inside the Agricultural Dept.that is responsible for killing thousands of carnivores across the USA year after year..............Will a diverse and newly appointed group of committee members finally decide to "re-route" this "killing agency" and focus it instead on control of non-native exotics rather than blasting away at our Wolves, Pumas, Coyotes and Bears?

USDA Appoints National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee Members
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the appointment of 15 members to the re-established National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC). Membership represents a broad range of agricultural, animal welfare and wildlife interests. USDA is continuing outreach to solicit nominations for five additional members.

During their terms, the Committee members will advise USDA on the activities and policies of wildlife services (WS), a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Selected candidates represent a spectrum of agricultural, environmental, conservation, academic, animal welfare, and related interests. The Committee serves as a public forum enabling those affected by the WS program to have a voice in the program's policies


Serving on the advisory board are: Kenneth Wilson, Colorado State University; Daniel Sullivan, U.S. Air Force BASH Team; Charles Williamson, National Aquaculture Association; Reginal Herman, National Sunflower Association; Joel Dennis, American Sheep Industry; Burdell Johnson, Farming/Sheep Industry; Joseph Lanham, National Wildlife Control Operators Association; and Ronald Regan, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Previously serving advisors selected for re-appointment are: Karen Elaine "Maggie" Brasted, Humane Society of the United States; Howard Dew, Oregon Forest Industries Council; Andrea Lococo, Animal Welfare Institute; Scott Steckel, National Pest Management Association; Dr. Scott Bender, Navajo Nation; Dr. Stephen Schmitt, American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians and Michigan Department of Natural Resources; and Bryce Reese, Wyoming Wool Growers. 
 Wildlife Services shoots thousands of Coyotes from airplanes annually
 Nominations for individuals to serve on the committee were received from interested organizations, the academic community, stakeholder groups, individuals and others. Outreach to more than 100 various cultural groups was conducted. Efforts continue to recruit from diverse groups and interests for the final five members.


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