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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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Friday, February 22, 2013

At this point, New England Moose seem to be beating the odds against the impacts of global warming--------winter ticks weakening the herd,,,,,,,,,,,,,deer brain disease killing off the herd,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Moose in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York State and even the occasional Connecticut wanderer.............Will this luck run out?...........The State of Vermont being cautious in its 2013 planned Moose hunting season only looking for hunters to kill 6 to 7% of the estimated 3000 animals calling the Green Mountain State home

Vt. moose permits down this year

Courtesy: Stan PekalaCourtesy: Stan Pekala
The state is issuing less moose permits for the upcoming hunting season.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife is giving preliminary approval for 355 permits, down slightly from 385 permits last year.
They will also issue 50 archery permits for the first week in October. Officials expect hunters to net around 200 moose during the five-day season in mid-Cctober. They estimate there are up to 3,000 moose in the state, most of them in the northeast kingdom.
Fish and Wildlife says they are dropping permit numbers to allow slow population growth.
You can apply for the hunting lottery starting in May.

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