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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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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

So modern day evidence now exists showing that the occasional female Puma will"spread it's wings in pursuit of greener pastures"-----This event was recorded in the CRAZY MOUNTAINS of Montana-----the third female "Cat" to travel 400+ miles from it's natal home in South Dakota................Now we need those lady cats to traverse east so that the wandering males can hook up and create a reproducing population of riverine Pumas in our midwest states

Collared mountain lion from South Dakota study killed in Crazy Mountains

A radio-collared mountain lion that traveled from South Dakota was killed in the Crazy Mountains in Montana.

The adult female mountain lion was the third from a South Dakota study to make its way deep into Montana within the past two years, according to a press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Leif Holman of Melville, a freshman at Sweet Grass County High School in Big Timber, killed the cat on Feb. 21 while hunting with his father. They did not know the cougar was carrying a radio-transmitter collar until it was on the ground, according to FWP.

Holman gave the collar to an FWP wildlife biologist when he reported the kill. The transmitter was traced back to South Dakota State University and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

An SDSU biology student confirmed that the mountain lion was captured and fitted with a radio collar last year near Jewel Cave National Monument in the Black Hills National Forest, 55 miles southwest of Rapid City, S.D. Biologists followed the lion for about a week before radio-tracking receivers lost the signal from the collar. The female cat weighed 76 pounds, was two or three years old and never had kittens.

According to an FWP biologist, it is not unusual for young male lions to disperse from their home ground in search of a territory they can call their own. A 420-mile trek is long for young males, he said. "For a mature female, it's pretty amazing."

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