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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 12, 2012

Why is there a Wolf and Black Bear season in Wisconsin when deer are eating the woods alive?........A 7 to 10% increase in killed deer with 633.000 people buying deer licenses during 2012............."Geez Louise"............I get taking persistantly aggregious carnivores out of the populatation if farmers make best coexistant practices and still end up with livestock depredation............But the kind of intial Wolf hunt that is going on up in the North Woods now is Wolf extermination----not Wolf cohabitation!

Wisconsin hunters bagged nearly 244,000 deer

Todd Richmond;
Zach Schultz of Fond du Lac registered this eight-point buck at Dutch's Trading Post on opening day of Wisconsin's 2012 gun deer season. / Aileen Andrews/The Reporter
Thousands more deer hunters bagged a buck during this year's traditional gun season than last's, according to preliminary data that suggests the season was a resounding success.
According to early numbers from the Department of Natural Resources, hunters registered 243,739 deer through the nine-day season that ended Sunday. That's up 7.7 percent from 2011's preliminary count of 226,260. The final 2012 kill totals will likely be higher; the 2011 numbers were later revised upward by about 31,000 animals.

As for the all-important buck numbers, hunters killed 114,822, up 12 percent from last year. They took more in each of the state's four regions — northern, northeastern, southern and west-central — than last year.

The kill numbers likely were bolstered by thousands more hunters in the woods. The DNR's data show the agency sold a six-year high of 633,460 licenses, up from 621,375 last year. Nearly 29,000 were first-time buyers.

Seven people were shot during the hunt, including a 27-year-old man who was killed in Douglas County when his partner shot him in the head while taking aim at what he thought was a deer, according to a DNR report. The seven incidents were still below the 10-year annual average of nine, however.
"Those numbers show it was a successful hunt," said George Meyer, executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, which represents hunters, trappers and anglers. "The (deer) population has obviously rebuilt and is increasing."

The hunt took on a decidedly more relaxed tone this year after hunters spent most of the last decade complaining about how the DNR managed the herd. The agency has been working to appease hunters, dumping its much-maligned earn-a-buck program, which required hunters to kill an antlerless deer before taking a buck, downplaying herd population estimates and launching a social media campaign focusing on the hunt's traditions.

"It was just a different tone," Meyer said. "It led to different attitudes from hunters. That's something that's very positive."

The agency hit on those themes again in the news release detailing the kill data, playing up how so many more hunters now have stories to share.
"Hunting is about family, friends, fun and tradition," DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp said in the release. "More than 600,000 people were out connecting with the land."

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