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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, May 17, 2013

The U.S. Forest Service is being forced back to the drawing board to revise 11 National Forest Plans to optimize habitat for Lynx

Judge Orders Forest Service into Lynx Consultation for Idaho, 2 other States

 Associated Press;

BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to consult with wildlife officials to ensure the agency takes adequate measures to protect Canada lynx in portions of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen said in Thursday's order that the Forest Service violated federal regulations by not revising its management plans for 11 national forests to take lynx habitat into consideration.

Canada lynx are a threatened species believed to number in the hundreds in the continental U.S.
In 2009, the Forest Service designated 39,000 square miles across the U.S. as critical habitat for the rarely seen predator, which is roughly the size of a bobcat and feeds primarily on snowshoe hares.
Critical habitat designations can determine what activities are allowed on forest land.
Plaintiffs from the Cottonwood Environmental Law Center said Christensen's ruling will ensure adequate plans are in place to protect lynx across 10 million acres.
Forest Service spokesman Phil Sammon says agency attorneys are reviewing the ruling to determine the scope of its impact.
The government is being sued separately to come up with a recovery plan for lynx, which were listed as threatened in 2000.

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