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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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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Elk have shown that they will cross major rivers like the MISSOUIR,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,This was a revelation to Montana Wildlife Officials who documented that 8 of the 25 Elk that they had been observing crossed the Missouri this Spring.................There are no natural barriers to wildlife----Only man stands in the way of rewilding through our land alteration and over hunting activities

Cow Elk Brave Even Major River Crossings, Study Reveals


Cow Elk

Many cow elk are not afraid to cross wide sections of the mighty Missouri River during springtime travel, a Montana's Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) biologists reported in the Billings Gazette. (Photo : Reuters)
Cow elk are less timid than expected when it comes to crossing wide sections of even the mighty Missouri River during springtime travel, a Montana's Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) biologists reported in the Billings Gazette.
By fitting groups of the animal in the northeastern region of the state with GPS collars, the scientists found one-third of the 25 elk tagged in one hunting district moved south across the Missouri River and into another one.
"They may move back in the hunting season," Mark Sullivan, a wildlife manager, said.
He further explained that the elk herds in the hunting districts where the cows were collared are 300 animals above the FWP's population goals, while herds in the east are only slightly above or at theirs.
"We were a lot higher above the objective five years ago," Sullivan told the local news outlet, "but we've been cutting back on antlerless licenses as we have gotten closer to objective."
While more information will not be available for another two years when the collars are programmed to drop off the animals for pickup, the study currently offers a great deal of insight into the study's main objective: finding out where the elk roam during different times of the year.
To fulfill this aim, the collars emit a trackable radio signal every two hours while a recent monitoring flight confirmed its most recent report.
Meanwhile, the scientists report, bighorn sheep in the same region are thriving as well, with their population peaking about six years ago.
"Ram numbers are still really strong, and hunters are shooting some huge ones," Sullivan said.
In one area, the FWP was able to increase the number of ewe tags from five to 10 for 2013 to prevent disease outbreaks, which often result from high densities.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the deer, antelope and upland game bird populations that call northeastern Montana home - all of whom saw their numbers plummet in the severe winter of 2010-2011.
Sullivan explained that antelope populations are expected to rebound given the mild nature of the latest winter; however, the summer came with a vengeance for white-tailed deer currently facing an outbreak of the deadly epizootic hemorrhagic disease. 

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