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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, July 31, 2013

We have been keeiping you up to date on the health of the Moose population across North America.............. Many of you know that Moose in New England and Colorado are some of the few herds that up till now have seemingly avoided the downward spiral that that the double whammy of winter ticks and deer brain disease have brought to Moose in the Great Lakes and other sectors of their range................New Hampshire biologists are starting to fear that Moose in their state are starting to be negatively impacted and they have secured $700,000 from the Federal Government to study their mortality and reproduction over the next number of years..........As a previous study 7 years ago did, information gleaned going forward will determine the extent and breath of future hunting seasons

NH to study moose population
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Executive Council has approved a four-year, $695,000 study of the state's moose population, which state biologists fear is threatened by climate change.
State biologists believe shorter winters cause problems for the herd by giving a boost to ticks and other parasites that target the state's nearly 5,000 moose.
The Concord Monitor  says the money will be used to put radio collars on 80 to 100 moose and track their reproduction and mortality rates. The funding is coming from the federal government and is being coordinated by Fish and Game and the University of New Hampshire.
The herd was last studied in 2006. The results of the new study will help the state manage the moose population by adjusting the number of moose-hunting permits.

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