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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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Friday, April 5, 2013

There is a 6 minute video at the the top of the blog showing two Eastern Coyotes in Gloucester, Massachusetts seeking to down a white tail deer................The Coyotes demonstrate why they are not wolf-like in their inability to make a kill...................The deer is smart and does not run,,,,,,,,,,,,nonetheless, the video plays out showing that while Coyotes might kill some healthy deer in Winter when deep snowfall covers the ground, bare ground winters reinforce the need for Wolves and Pumas to be back on the ground in the East to mitigate overpopulated deer numbers

Gloucester photographer catches deer in fight for its life, outnumbered by coyotes


This was no game. A Gloucester photographer who was taking his dogs out for a walk caught a life-and-death confrontation between a deer and two hungry coyotes who were trying to hunt it down.
Early one morning in February, Shawn Henry was heading out to take his dogs for a walk. As soon as they reached the steps, the dogs started barking, seeing two coyotes in the road

Henry said it’s common to see wild animals in the woods near his home, and he figured once he went inside with the dogs to get their leashes, the commotion would scare off the coyotes.
It didn’t. A deer was now outside near the coyotes, so Henry went back inside and exchanged his dogs for a camera.
Henry shot roughly six minutes of dramatic footage showing a white-tailed deer attempting to fend off the two coyotes, which circled around the deer in a snowy wooded area and on the road.
The coyotes didn’t seem very wily on camera. They could not figure out how to coordinate their attack on the deer, though they did come close. Henry then shut off the camera and “threw some snowballs at the coyotes to leave the deer alone, but that wasn’t successful.”
He returned to his home. Henry shot some more footage of the deer across the street, now in the neighbor’s back yard, and his wife called the animal control office.
The deer was still there, alive, when animal control officers showed up just after 12:30 p.m. and chased it out of the neighborhood. Henry said that as the deer ran away, it was limping on a wounded back leg. Judging by the limp, the wound, and the amount of blood in neighbors’ yards and driveways, the deer hadn’t been completely able to fend off the coyotes.
Henry said this was the first time he had seen an attack like this so close to home.
“There are a lot of both in the area,” he said. “You see coyotes crossing and deer crossing, but never together.”

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