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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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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Long Island,NY, specifically Nassau and Suffolk Counties are the last remaining landmass not to have a breeding population of Coyotes in the USA.............That is predicted to change at some point soon as the adaptive and highly intelligent "Songdogs" follow the myriad of commuter railroad tracks into and out of the 5 boroughs of NYC

Hudson Valley coyotes on track to become Metro-North's latest 'commuters'

Coyotes are captured by a wildlife camera used
Photo credit: Courtesy of Mark Weckel | Coyotes are captured by a wildlife camera used by the Mianus River Gorge Preserve. Biologists say Westchester coyotes are increasingly following train tracks to urban areas, including cities and towns.

The shy and highly intelligent coyote is a nature-loving Westchester resident that is expanding into New York City and Long Island -- by following train tracks, according to new research by Bedford-based conservation biologists.

"We're finding them in new places and it looks like railroads might be one of their modes of transportation to get to urban areas with parks," said Mark Weckel, director...

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