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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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Thursday, July 4, 2013

An Independence Day celebration upon hearing that the USFW Service would like to expand the proposed Jaguar critical habitat in Arizona and New Mexico by 31 square miles for a total protected space of 1340 square miles.....................The sighting of a male Jaguar in the proposed habitat last week seems to have added to the resolve of our Federal Wildlife Officials to do something positive for the largest free roaming wild feline in the Americas, basically absent from the USA for a 100 years,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but historically a denizen of our Country from San Francisco east to the Carolinas..............Will this initial "pump" of rewilding energy be able to endure the political process to come?................I will set off a few cherry bombs tonight with the hope that the plan will prevail....................Happy 4th to all of you

Feds revamp jaguar habitat proposal
Photo released by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a rare male jaguar spotted recently in the mountains southeast of Tucson. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Photo released by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a rare male jaguar spotted recently in the mountains southeast of Tucson. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
 Federal wildlife officials are proposing to designate more critical habitat in the American Southwest for the jaguar.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week released a revamped proposal for setting aside more than 1,340 square miles of habitat in Arizona and New Mexico for the rare cat. That’s 31 square miles more than the previous proposal.
The agency says the revision reflects the cats’ use of a wider range of vegetated areas and eliminates high elevations not frequented by jaguars.
With the change, the agency has reopened the public comment period for the revised rule along with the draft economic analysis and draft environmental assessment.
The comment period will end Aug. 9.
The Fish and Wildlife Service is also planning a public meeting July 30 in Sierra Vista, Ariz.

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