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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, January 23, 2013

I have to say that the "invite challenge" by the OIL SANDS LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE seeking ideas on how to protect Caribou from bears, wolves and coyotes disgusts me in its overt disregard for what is really the source problem for the Caribou--roads, pipelines and the destruction of tens of thousands of acres of prime caribou land in and around the tar sands in Alberta and other locales both in Canada and the USA................These folks figure that the average person is stupid and uniformed and therefore they can get away with blaming the declining caribou population on carnivores...............Pass the word,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,OIL SANDS LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE(ConocoPhillips Canada,, Nexen Inc., Statoil Canada, Suncor Energy Inc.and Total E&P Canada Ltd). IS B.S.!!!!

Reduction of Predation
 on Woodland Caribou

Challenge Overview
The protection of Woodland Caribou
 (Rangifer tarandus caribou) from their
 predators (bears, wolves and coyotes)
 over a large area that naturally encompasses
 the herd is important for the herd's surviva
l within the northeast boreal forest of Alberta.
 Conventional means of protecting herds
 from their predators, such as using post
or wire fences, has several drawbacks
(unacceptable level of permeability and
 the high cost of maintenance, to name
 just a few), so the Oil Sands Leadership
 Initiative (OSLI; is
looking for a novel, un-conventional
method to reduce predation risk.
This is an Ideation Challenge, which
 has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the
  •  Seeker. The total payout will be $10,000 or
  •  more, with at least one award being no smaller
  •  than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,000. 
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive
  •  intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather,
  •  by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grants 
  • to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and
  •  non-exclusive license to use any information
  •  included in this proposal.
After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete
 the review process and make a decision with regards
 to the Winning Solution(s).All Solvers that submitted a
 proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions;
however, no detailed evaluation of individual
 submissions will be provided.
About the Seeker:
The Oil Sands Leadership Initiative (OSLI) is a
collaborative network
 of companies operating in the Canadian oil sands.
 Each OSLI company
 develops its assets individually, but works
 to achieve significant improvements in key
 performance areas: environmental sustainability,
 social well-being and economic viability. To
 formalize this approach, in April 2010 ConocoPhillips
Canada, Nexen Inc., Statoil Canada, Suncor Energy Inc.
 and Total E&P Canada Ltd. signed the OSLI
 Charter, agreeing to work
 collaboratively on non-competitive issues, and
 share research and best
practices. Shell Canada joined in 2011.
The initiative is founded on a common understanding
 among OSLI members
 of the need to work together to meet the challenges
of responsible development.

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