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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 2, 2013

The Green Mountain State of Vermont is seeing more and more Lynx roam its hills and fields.....................From the Revolutionary War right on up till today(an astounding 300 years), there had been just 4 confirmed Lynx sightings.................But since 2003, the big-pawed cat has shown up on many peoples radar and accordingly, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife folks plan to survey the population over the next year to determine their whereabouts and status

Lynx sightings on the rise in Vt.

  • BRUNSWICK, Vt. (AP) — Sightings of Canada lynx are on the rise in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Fish and Wildlife Department plans to do surveys to determine the extent and distribution of the animals in the state

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Between the late 1700s and the early 2000s, there were just four confirmed sightings of the carnivorous feline species in 

Vermont but sightings have been increasing every year since 2003, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department said Tuesday.
Lynx, which are listed as threatened under the federal endangered species act and as endangered in Vermont, are rarely seen because they are nocturnal and secretive.
The most confirmed sighting have been on publicly owned lands in the Nulhegan Basin at Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Essex County, said Chris Bernier, a state biologist.
''These large, unbroken tracts of mixed-conifer forest are perfect for this species and their primary prey, the snowshoe hare,'' he said. ''We were all very excited when lynx sightings started popping up again in Vermont.''end of story marker

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