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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 18, 2013

Minnesota is conducting Moose "decline" studies all over the state........Now, Voyageurs National Park gets further into the action on this endeavor with biologists there about to do a 2nd phase of evaluating the health and habits of the 50 odd Moose that live in and around the Park................Separately, a Wolf study will also kick into gear to determine the health and habits of the Wolves in the Park

Moose, wolves to be collared for Voyageurs park studies

by Tom Robertson, Minnesota Public Radio

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Biologists at Voyageurs National Park are preparing to capture and collar moose and wolves this month as part of two separate wildlife studies.

State and federal researchers want to know why moose are dying in Minnesota. A recent state Department of Natural Resources survey of moose in the Arrowhead region of the northeast showed a 52 percent decline in the population since 2010.

Voyageurs wildlife biologist Steve Windels said moose numbers in and around Voyageurs National Park appear to be more stable. About 50 moose live in the area.

The moose collaring effort could begin as early as next week. Biologists plan to put GPS collars on six adult female moose and track them over the next five years. It's a continuation of a study launched a few years ago focusing on moose habitat and how the animals react to climate change.

Windels said the next phase will look at mortality.
"We want to monitor the survival of these individuals," Windels said. "We want to look at some calving behavior and calving rates of these hopefully six cows as well."
In a separate study, Voyageurs biologists will collar two wolves to monitor the status of wolves in the park.

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