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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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Monday, April 29, 2013

An ode to Federal lawmakers to take a time out and diligently reconsider their decision to federally delisting of the Wolf----Where is President Obama's voice on this issue?....Bill Clinton went and brokered a Forestry/Spotted Owl Agreement in the Northwest when the debate got heated .............I would like to see Obama step up here and state that Wolves should continue to be restored to the Appalachians in the North and Southeast,,,,,,,,,,,,that protections stay in place in Oregon and Washington.........How bout it Mr. President?

Feds should abandon

 planned delisting(WOLVES)

 in Lower 48

The recovery of the gray wolf is a success
 story that illustrates
 the effectiveness of the federal Endangered
 Species Act. But 
the Obama administration fails to see that it's
 a story whose final
 chapters have yet to be penned.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday
 that federal authorities
 intend to remove endangered species
 protection for nearly 
all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states.
 A draft rule, expected
 to be announced shortly and finalized
 within a year, would 
hand over the management of wolf
 populations to state wildlife agencies.
Federal officials insist that the approximately
 5,000 wolves in the
 Northern Rockies and Great Lakes region
 are enough to prevent extinction.
 But that conclusion ignores warnings from
 scientists and conservationists 
that the wolves' numbers have not reached
 sustainable levels and that the 
agency's analysis of wolf subspecies and
habitat is flawed.
Those same critics challenged the federal
 government's decision two years
 ago to withdraw Endangered Species
Act protection in the Northern Rockies,
 Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington
 and give the job of wolf management
 to the states. Since that delisting, more
than a thousand wolves have been killed
 in sanctioned hunts, including 422 wolves
 last year in Idaho alone.
Now, the Fish and Wildlife Service is
considering removing protections in 
the protected areas that remain. Yet
the wolves are just beginning to get 
a foothold in Western Oregon,
Washington, Utah and Colorado, and
 it's too
 early to end federal protection in those
The Fish and Wildlife Service is under
 intense pressure from ranchers, 
hunters and some federal and state
officials to remove the remaining protections. 
As Jamie Rappaport Clark, the former
 director of the Fish and Wildlife Service
 and now the president of Defenders of
 Wildlife, notes, the agency's latest delisting
 decision "reeks of politics."
Wolves were once abundant in the West
 before white settlers arrived. But they 
were hunted nearly to extinction —
 and were wiped out entirely in Oregon 
— before a small number were reintroduced
in Yellowstone National Park 
and in central Idaho in the mid-1990s. Under
 federal protection, the animals 
thrived. At least 1,600 wolves now populate
 the northern Rockies, although last
 year the population fell by an alarming 7
 percent, primarily because of the 2011
 delistings and the recreational hunting that
Sally Jewell, the new secretary of the Interior,
 should take a hard look at the
 Fish and Wildlife Agency's decision, and
 pull the plug on the proposed delisting. 
Gray wolves need more time to find their
balance and build strong, genetically
 healthy populations that can endure
for many years to come.

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