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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, April 9, 2013

Is employing the principals of capitalism and the free market system a prudent way to expand and contract carnivore populations----How does this strike all you blog readers? Thanks to Carter Niemeyer for sharing this "out-of-the-box" note that he found online


workingtaxpayer 13 hours ago

Hunters should not have to
 pay for environmentalists
 efforts to introduce wolves
 to Idaho. Each environmentalist
 who wants wolves in Idaho should
 have to purchase an annual "Wolf Support Tag" with those fees to be set aside to compensate ranchers for livestock killed or injured by wolves.

 By counting the number of Wolf Support Tags each year we could have a good idea of how many wolf
-lovers are actually willing to put their money where their mouth is and vote for wolves by purchasing
 a wolf support tag. Wolf Support Tags should probably start with a $250 per year cost, with that being adjusted annually upward or downward to totally fund payouts for wolf caused damage to livestock and to other wildlife, including elk and deer.

 Idaho Fish and Game seems the logical entity to administer this wolf management fee, and should be compensated for their work from the Wolf Support Tag fees. Those who are not willing to purchase Wolf Support Tags obviously do not have any say regarding wolves in Idaho. Non-resident Wolf Support Tags should probably be priced in the $1000 per year range, and also adjusted upward or downward depending on cost to administer the program, and payouts for wolf caused damage

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