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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, March 17, 2013

Biologist Jon Way and the MASSACHUSETTS COYOTE CONSERVATION ALLIANCE is seeking to get their CARNIVORE CONSERVATION ACT bill before the Bay State Congressional houses this Spring.............This bill seeks to eliminate the baiting and hounding of Coyotes and Foxes,,,,,,,,,,,redefine hunting and trapping seasons that take into account January through June mating and pup/kit raising and to create funding for purchase of large protected land areas and corridors that would help all Massachusetts wildlife prosper into the future...........Together with Harvard University's(Harvard Forest) WILDLANDS AND WOODLANDS Initiative to keep 50% of New England's land base in wild and working forest, the CARNIVORE CONSERVATION ACT is an excellent template for all 50 states conservation communities to emulate and implement

Carnivore Conservation Act for MASSACHUSETTS IS PROPOSED 

Hello members of the MA Coyote Conservation Alliance,

I'm writing to inform you that Jon Way, Eastern Coyote Research and Louise Kane, Justice for Wolves have completed a petition for the first ever state Carnivore Conservation Act. Our MA Carnivore Conservation Act petition includes a draft of the Act's provisions that will help to protect coyotes, bobcats, red and grey foxes and in some instances, raccoons. The protections range from prohibitions on baiting, reduced hunting seasons, defining and preventing cruelty to carnivores, eliminating hounding, and providing sanctuaries free from hunting.

gray fox

We are hopeful that this Act may become a model for other state initiatives. The MA Coyote Conservation Alliance will be a sponsor of the initiative and will be seeking input and other signatories for the Act. We are currently researching the procedural requirements for obtaining signatures and for moving forward as a citizen's initiative.

We believe that a simple website may be valuable to house the petition, to provide background information and to lend legitimacy to the effort. Several of us are willing to do the majority of the work for the website but we could use some minor start up funds. We are seeking donations. Any amount, even several dollars, will help.

red fox

Please indicate if you are willing to help by sending your pledge to Rebecca Mullin. Many thanks we know that there are many worthy causes competing for your funding!

If you are able to send a check, please know that MA Coyote Conservation Alliance is not a non-profit organization yet. If you would like to help with our ballot initiative driven carnivore petition and send a check, please write the check out to MA Coyote Conservation Alliance and send it to the following address: Rebecca Mullin, P.O. Box 403, Eastham, MA 02642

We greatly appreciate anything you can spare to help us get this petition kicked off so we can truly protect the carnivores of Massachusetts! Thank you!!!!
Thank you

Jon Way, Louise Kane, Rebecca Mullin

eastern coyote(coywolf)

Jonathan Way, Ph.D., has a B.S. (UMass Amherst), M.S. (UConn Storrs), and doctorate (Boston College) related to the study of eastern coyotes/coywolves. He is the author of Suburban Howls, an account of his experiences studying eastern coyotes in Massachusetts. Jon is seeking an institution that will support him and his goals for long-term ecological research. He runs an organization Eastern Coyote Research, works seasonally for Cape Cod National Seashore, is a part time post-doctoral researcher with the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center, frequently travels to the Yellowstone area, and is in the midst of publishing My Yellowstone Experience and seeking a publisher for "Coywolf".

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