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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, June 4, 2013

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Bear Manager got a first when he saw a Puma in the Blackfoot River hunting for rainbow trout..............Perhaps the first time ever in North America where this behaviour has been documented-----If stressed due to ungulate decline, could Pumas could survive on alternative foodstuffs?????????

Mountain Lion Seen Fishing in Montana
By Ben Romans;
A surveillance camera overlooking a tributary of the Blackfoot River outside Seeley Lake, Montana recently captured an unusual angler—a mountain lion—plying a stream for trout.
In an article from the Missoulian, Jamie Jonkel, the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks bear manager, says he was using surveillance cameras to monitor a specific Blackfoot River tributary where he knew rainbow trout spawned. He says he wanted to see if bears in the area were using it as a food source—which they were—but this was the first time he’d seen a cat feeding on fish.
“I’ve never heard of a mountain lion fishing,” Jonkel said. “There are fishing cats in South America—they will dive in and grab fish out of the water. And it may be pretty common in places like Alaska and Vancouver. But I did a quick search, and couldn’t find anything on mountain lions fishing around here. This may be the only time in Montana that I know of where it’s been documented.”

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