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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, May 21, 2013

Thank you Helen McGinnis for alerting us on the now "indefinite delay" on the decision as to whether Wolves will be delisted across the entire USA........................No explanation thus far for the "stay",,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but we will take it hoping that USFW and the Obama Administration will show some moxie and resolve allowing one of our top trophic carnivores a chance to reclaim more than just a token remnant of it's historical range

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From: Helen McGinnis <>
Date: Tue, May 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM
Subject: Wildlife Officials Delay Decision on Wolf Protections in Lower 48 5020-2013
To: Rick Meril <

This is the only other article I can find on the subject.  Strange that it is getting so little notice.


Wildlife Officials Delay Decision on Wolf Protections in Lower 48

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal wildlife officials are postponing a much-anticipated decision on whether to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states.
In a court filing Monday, government attorneys say "a recent unexpected delay'' is indefinitely holding up action on the predators. No further explanation was offered.
Gray wolves are under protection as an endangered species and have recovered dramatically from widespread extermination in recent decades.

More than 6,000 of the animals now roam the continental U.S. Most live in the Northern Rockies and western Great Lakes, where protections already have been lifted.
A draft proposal to lift protections elsewhere drew strong objections when it was revealed last month.
Wildlife advocates and some members of Congress argue that the wolf's recovery is incomplete because the animal occupies just a fraction of its historical range.

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