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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, February 23, 2013

Indiana needs Wolves and Pumas back on the ground as the states burgeoning deer herd allowed human hunters to kill over 136,000 of the creatures in 2012, a state record!!!!....Indiana's Dept. of Ntl Resources has not counted the number of deer in the state for years but has some crazy theory(read below) that even though the number of deer killed each year keeps growing, that their deer population is declining...............How come we never hear that inane logic when it comes to the number of coyotes, wolves, Pumas and Bears in our woodlands............If anything, the more carnivores that are killed in a given hunting season, the more state game commissions state that their populations are growing,,,,,,,,thus the need for even more carnivore killing..............Indiana, you are not "walking the straight line" with us in your reporting of Hoosier deer #'s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Indiana reports record deer harvest in 2012
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana hunters, aided by an extended season and changes in equipment rules, killed a record number of deer last year, the state Department of Natural Resources reported.
The DNR said hunters harvested 136,248 deer in 2012, breaking the record of 134,004 set in 2010.
Switzerland County had the highest harvest, at 3,506 deer. Steuben County, which had led the state for seven years, fell to fifth-highest, with 3,076 deer killed.
Mitch Marcus, a spokesman for the DNR's Division of Fish & Wildlife, said the state made changes last year to make it easier to kill antlerless deer. Those included making crossbows legal for all licensed hunters during archery season and adding more hunting dates in some areas.

Marcus said the changes were designed to reduce the deer population to "balance the ecological, recreational, and economic needs" of Indiana residents. He said the harvest numbers, which represent a 6 percent increase over 2011, indicate the new regulations are working.
Much of the increase occurred among crossbow users and youth hunters.
Despite the record harvest, Marcus said deer numbers are down across the state. He said the number of antlered deer in the harvest was the lowest since 2000.
Chad Stewart, a deer management biologist for the DNR, said that indicates a smaller herd.
"Year-to-year hunter efforts don't change much, so people aren't all of a sudden taking three bucks or eight bucks; they're locked into one buck," he said, noting that Indiana limits hunters to one buck. "If there are fewer bucks to kill with the same amount of hunter effort, not as many bucks get killed, which tells us the overall population is down."
The DNR said the deer population also may have been affected by an outbreak of a disease transmitted by flies that is often fatal to deer.

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