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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, January 17, 2013

Finally the Yellowstone Park people are starting to slowdown the artificial feeding of Elk during winter in the National Elk Refuge...........They have come to understand that congregating Elk in one location can breed disease and make the Elk dependent on an artificial food source................So why are the folks in Utah going to feed the deer in their state during this snowy winter?.......Because good science is not on the table in this discussion,,,,,,,,,,,only the needs of hunters are being focused on..............They want a large deer herd,,,,,,,,,,,,,feed em and do whatever is necessary to prevent nature from taking its natural course in a harsh winter..........Too bad Wolves are not yet present in Utah............They would feed on the weak and exhausted of the herd,,,,,,,,,,,,,,those deer that survived would produce hardier and more fit fawns,,,,,,,,in the long run making Utah's deer herd more robust and fit


SALT LAKE CITY — Utah wildlife officials are offering tips to help deer get through the especially cold winter the state is experiencing.
Biologists have been monitoring deer closely since last month, looking at indicators such as their condition, amount of food available to them, how deep the snow is, how cold it is in their habitat, and the amount of body fat found on deer that have been killed along roads, according to the Division of Wildlife Resources.
Anis Aoude, big-game coordinator for the DWR, said the temperature has reached a critical point in some areas in Utah. Despite the cold temperatures, Utah's deer herds are doing well, Aoude said.
"Fortunately, deer went into the winter with an average layer of fat on them," he said. "And the snow depth in most of the state is not covering the vegetation. Slopes that face south are nearly bare in some areas, so the deer can still find food."

If conditions deteriorate, biologists will consider feeding deer specially designed pellets. The pellets are designed to give deer extra energy, something deer often need when the temperature is cold and the snow is deep.
The DWR has counseled Utahns to not disturb deer, as deer burn fat reserves to escape a perceived threat. Ways to avoid disturbing deer include keeping dogs on a leash and not letting them harass deer; giving deer space and being quiet when encountering deer in the backcountry; slowing down while driving through places where deer live; paying attention to wildlife crossing signs; and watching for movement on the side of the road.

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