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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, June 21, 2013

Outdoor writer and naturalist George Wuerthner, PREDATOR DEFENSE "captain" Brooks Fahy, Biologist John Laundre and many other contributors to this blog often cite their opinions on why they(and I) do not feel there is any justification in the 21ast century for hunting and trapping carnivores..............................And as we have seen in Yellowstone and other locales where Wolves reside, diseases such as mange and parvovirus in combination with space and prey restrictions bring an ebb and flow to Wolf populations that keep them in a rough equilibrium with the land.....................As Oregon has begun to repopulate with Wolves, Pavovirus has sprung up and is beginning to make it's impact felt..............................

Field Reports: Oregon wolf dies from parvovirus

 The first case of parvovirus in Oregon wolves has been documented by the Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.
The wolf known as OR19, found dead by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists on May 19, died of complications of canine parvovirus, according to the lab's preliminary report.
The disease is contagious in canids and usually fatal. Domestic dogs usually are protected by vaccinations, but parvo has been found in wolf populations throughout the West, causing short-term wolf declines, state officials said.

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