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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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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Our friend Toni Stark reached out to newly elected Montana Congressman Steve Daines asking him to make an effort to stop the USFW Service from delisting Wolves across the USA...............Congressman Daines does as all Politicians do in his response to Toni's plea--HE DOES NOT ANSWER THE QUESTION DIRECTLY................Instead, he cites chapter and verse Republican talking points regarding the history of Wolves in his state.............. He then thanks Toni for contacting him and assuring her that while their views diverge on DELISTING, he will keep her outlook in mind(as he votes to put Wolves in the crosshairs of hunters and trappers at every turn in the road)

From: Toni Stark 
To: Rick Meril
Subject: Fwd: A Message from Congressman Steve Daines

Mr. Daines is our newly elected member of the US House from Montana and I am really disappointed in his position regarding protection of our wolves.
Toni Stark

Dear Ms. Stark:

Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition to
delisting the
 Northern Rocky Mountain (NRM) gray wolf under the
Endangered Species
 Act (ESA). I appreciate hearing your views and
welcome the opportunity
 to respond.
As a fifth generation Montanan and avid sportsman,
 I know our state's rich
 and diverse wildlife are an essential part of our way
of life. As you know,
 under the ESA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(FWS) plays an
 important role to ensure species and their critical
habitats are maintained
 at a healthy level of population throughout our country.
 In recent years,
 the population of the NRM gray wolf was under close
observation by the
 FWS. From 2003 to 2009 USFWS twice attempted
to delist all or part
 of its population after it concluded that its recovery
target had been
exceeded. These rules, however, were overturned
 by various U.S.
District Courts.
Congress subsequently passed legislation to
 supersede the court
rulings and delist the gray wolf in Montana, Idaho,
 eastern Washington,
 eastern Oregon, and north-central Utah. The bill
 precluded additional
 judicial review. This action was very significant for
 many sportsmen
, livestock producers, and other property owners
 in Montana who were
 impacted by the gray wolf listing. I support the
delisting because it was
scientifically justified and important for the health a
nd safety of our
As a member of the House Committee on Natural
 Resources, which
 has jurisdiction over the ESA, I will work to protect
 Montana's rich
 population of wildlife and the property rights and
 safety of land users.
 Though we may disagree on the delisting of the
 gray wolf, please know
 I will keep your views in mind as we continue to
 discuss how best to
 protect species.

Again, thanks for contacting me. It is my number
one priority in
 Congress to represent the values and interests
 of the people of
 Montana, and your input is very helpful as I do.
 I invite you to visit
my website,, to sign up for
 periodic email updates
 on the issues important to you.  I won't flood
your email box, but I
 will provide you with updates once in a while
 about activities in
 Washington that affect our lives in Montana.
 I hope you will sign
 up so that we can stay in close touch, and I
 look forward to hearing
 from you again in the future. 
Steve Daines
Member of Congress

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