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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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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kentucky is another State not utilizing the known science and seeking to eradicate Coyotes--even though that paradigm flys in the face of the known which is that Coyotes compensate rapidly when human persecuted and end up enlargening their populations, further infuriating the very humans who sought to be rid of them......PROJECT COYOTE needs hundreds of representatives around the Country to fight back against the futility of killing Coyotes to reduce their numbers

by Cris Ritchie;hazardherald

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear will likely sign into a law a bill filed by state

 Rep. Fitz Steele and passed during the General Assembly's ongoing session

 earlier this month.

House Bill 60 was enrolled and delivered to the governor on March 11, and will

 expand nighttime hunting of coyotes in Kentucky.

Steele said he filed the bill to help quell Kentucky's population of coyotes, an

 animal which Steele noted has become a nuisance for landowners in the

state. Fish and Wildlife officials have said a precise population count has not

 been conducted, but coyotes have been increasing in number for the past few


"They're a big nuisance, from killing people's livestock to chickens and even to

 their pets, and not counting the wildlife, the small game," Steele said of

 Kentucky's coyote problem. "We need to weed them out as much as possible
Specifically, House Bill 60 will allow hunters to take coyotes at nighttime

 without a light, but only with a shotgun, Steele said.

The bill essentially cruised through the Kentucky House of Representatives

 with a favorable vote of 99-1 before passing the Senate with a vote of 37-0.

Officials with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife did not return calls

 seeking comment on the bill last week, but the Fish and Wildlife Commission

 did approve a measure during its quarterly meeting in March that would

 establish a hunting season for coyotes from Feb. 1 through May 31, during

 which lights or night-vision equipment can be used during the nighttime

 hours. Though hunting would coyotes still be legal for the remainder of the

 year, the use of lights or

 night-vision equipment would not be allowed through June 1 and Jan. 30.

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