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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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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Interesting discovery by Puma biologist Mark Elbroch regarding how Andean Condors in South America harass the " big cats" off of their kills in open grasslands,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,a process that allows the birds to have hearty meals while causing the Pumas to kill twice as many animals as their North American counterparts to stay alive and prosper...........When the Pumas kills their favorite prey(the camel-like Guanaco) in the forest, they get to dine unmolested as the Condors are not able to swoop down through the thick over/understory of the woodlands.................Elbroch also postulates that the historical intense hunting pressure that human ranchers brought to bear on the Pumas also might add into the the skittishness the Pumas display when out in the open being bombarded by the Condors.............While the Cats have to kill more, they are providing valuable protein for 16 additional animal and bird species in the South American system

Condors Drive Cougars to Kill More

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