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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 24, 2013

Will the recovering Black Bear population in Connecticut face a hunting season soon?......A U. Of Connecticut study on how the bears are faring in the nutmeg state finishes up in 2016..........This is when those researchers suggest that bear hunting proposals be considered,,,not before!.........The State Legislature wants to expedite the bear hunting possibility by creating a ottery system in 2014 that would award a certain # of hunters the ability to shoot a bear.............With no one knowing how many bruins exist in Connecticut(500 to 1000 estimated), the political leaders there are acting scared and unprofessional in their goal of placating the folks who are complainging that "there are bears in my neighborhood"

Proposed bear-hunt bill goes to hearing
    A black bear pays a casual visit to the home of Carol Moretz of Possum Lane in New Milford, in this file photo from June 11, 2010.    Courtesy of the Moretz family Photo: Contributed Photo\ Courtesy Of T, Contributed Photo / The News-Times Contributed

Their future, which might involve facing hunters with high-powered rifles, is up for discussion.
The General Assembly's Environment Committee will hold a hearing Friday on establishing bear hunting in Connecticut.
A proposed bear-hunting bill may be premature. Dennis Schain, spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said the DEEP and the University of Connecticut have begun a four-year study of black bears in Connecticut that they will complete in 2016.
"The most appropriate course of action is to delay," Schain said Thursday, noting the study will include work on black bear management.
However, state Sen. Clark Chapin, R-New Milford, said this is the first time in his 13 years in the Legislature that a bill creating a bear hunt has gotten this far.
"There's been talk, but never a public hearing," Chapin said Thursday.
State Sen. Ed Meyer, D- Guilford, the Environment Committee chairman, said the committee was considering the bill for one main reason: the number of black bears in the state.
"We've been getting reports of bears throughout the state," Meyer said. "They appear to be a nuisance."
The bill in question doesn't call for a hunt. Instead, it asks the DEEP to file a report by February 2014 on how to create a lottery system for bear hunting.
With that system, Meyer said, hunters would pay $10 to get a chance for a bear license. If they won, they'd pay an additional $200 to get the license. Meyer said the DEEP would also have to determine how many black bears could be killed each year and which rural towns in the state's northwest and northeast corners would be the places where hunters could shoot bears.
"We won't be holding bear hunts in any cities," Meyer said.
Priscilla Feral, the president of Friends of Animals, said Thursday that her group doesn't believe the bill has a "snowball's chance in hell" of passing. But she said Friends of Animals will watch the legislation's progress and lobby against it, if needed.
"It's a preposterous bill," she said.
Feral said no one knows how many black bears live in the state. Estimates range from 500 to 1,000.
However, she said, her organization believes the DEEP should be teaching people to coexist with the black bear population in Connecticut, whatever the number might be.
"We're dead against it," she said of any talk of a hunt.

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