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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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Monday, February 11, 2013

Fwd: 1,000 Dead Wolves

From: Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife

Rick --
It's a sad day for wolf lovers everywhere. Yesterday, the 1,000th wolf was killed in the Northern Rockies from hunting and trapping.
We reached this tragic number less than two years after Congress stripped gray wolves of their Endangered Species Act protection in 2011.
This reckless killing has to stop.

We've reached a heartbreaking milestone:
The 1,000th wolf has died from hunting and trapping in the Northern Rockies since Congress stripped gray wolves of their Endangered Species Act protection in 2011. 
Mothers, pups and packs have fallen to hunters' bullets and traps – 1,001 at last count in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. It's a tragic, unsustainable toll, and it cannot be allowed to go on.
Make no mistake – there is a war on wolves and these magnificent and misunderstood top predators need our help.
Among the most recent victims of this reckless killing was OR16, an Oregon-born male wearing a radio collar. He was shot on January 19th in Idaho.
OR16 was a remarkable wolf. His wanderings took him through three states and he even swam the Snake River. Yet, after his astonishing journey, he made the tragic mistake of crossing into Idaho. He lasted only 33 days there, and was the second Oregon wolf to be killed in Idaho.
Now we're looking at the loss of over 1,000 wolves in just two years. This accelerated killing is an example of how states like Wyoming are managing wolves as vermin to be eliminated, not as wildlife to be managed responsibly. There is no basis for allowing this many wolves to be killed this quickly. It's 100% politics that is driving state management.
The restoration of wolves in the Lower 48 is one of the greatest success stories of the Endangered Species Act. It's tragic that in this day and age we are still fighting myths, misconceptions and old hatreds toward these magnificent animals.
Defenders of Wildlife is America's premier advocacy organization working to protect endangered wildlife. Our science and legal teams are renowned in the field. We are the voice of wildlife in Washington, DC – and we are your voice as well.
We will not let politics get in the way of our work for wolves. Your urgent support today will make a big difference.
Thank you for all that you do. 
For our wildlife,

Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife Jamie Rappaport Clark
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