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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, July 2, 2013

Colorado Parks and Wildlife are in the midst of a 10 year Puma study to determine how sporthunting impacts our "ghostcats"......................200 Pumas have been tagged and will be monitored to determine how their remaining alive versus being killed changes conditions for kittens, remaining male cats and people

Nearly 200 mountain lions tagged in local study

Long-term research program aimed at determining impact of hunting

Most Montrose residents have never seen a mountain lion, but the rocky, forested hillsides and canyons that surround the city are a perfect home for big cats.

The Uncompahgre Plateau provides representative cougar habitat in Colorado, and for that reason, state Parks and Wildlife officials decided on Montrose as a base for one of the largest cougar studies in recent history.

Mammals researcher Ken Logan has spent much of the last eight and a half years in the field on the southern end of the Uncompahgre Plateau tracking, capturing and even crawling into the dens of the big cats. The goal of his 10-year study is to learn more about the effects sport hunting has on Colorado’s largest cat.

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