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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, March 16, 2013

So the image of the Indian as a Conservationist gets another wake up call as the Inuit tribes in Canada get their Country to prevent an uplisting of the Polar Bear to a NO TRADE STATUS, a designation that would have assisted in slowing the hunting and skinning of the bears.............The Inuit were able to make the case that hunting the Polar Bear is a necessary part of their food consumption and that there are enough bears in the north country to allow the continuation of hunts

Polar bear decision at the 16th Conference of 

Parties for the Convention on International 

trade in endangered species

OTTAWA - Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, along with Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, today issued the following joint statement with regard to the polar bear decision at the 16th Conference of the Parties for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES):
"While some in the international community say they are concerned with food
 security in Canada's North, they simultaneously argue to shut down a hunt that
 provides country food to Inuit communities and all Northerners.
"The polar bear hunt is a source of food and income for Canadian Arctic communities.
 Our government appreciates the strong support from the Government of Nunavut and
 Inuit organizations who helped share accurate information about the polar bear hunt;
 we are proud to have helped sponsor their participation at CITES.
"Our government will continue to proudly represent the interests of the Inuit—and all
 Northerners—both here inCanada, and around the world."
SOURCE: Government of Canada

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