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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, August 15, 2013

Missouri continues to record confirmed sightings of Pumas with the picture below snapped on June 29, 2013 in Pulaski County.......................The "Cats" are protected under state law but at this time no breeding population exists in Missouri according the the Missourid Dept. of Conservation....................

Mountain Lion Sightings Confirmed in Pulaski County

The confirmation is based on a trail camera photo taken June 29. The name of the landowner and the property location are not being released at the request of the landowner.

 The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has confirmed the sighting of a mountain lion on private land in Pulaski County.

According to MDC's Mountain Lion Response Team, mountain-lion sightings have been occasionally confirmed in Missouri and likely will continue. Evidence indicates these mountain lions are from other states to the west of Missouri that are passing through in search of mates or territory.

MDC says it has no confirmed evidence of a breeding population in Missouri.
Mountain lions are naturally shy of humans and generally pose little danger to people, even in states with thriving breeding populations. Although mountain lions are protected by law, Missouri's Wildlife Code allows people to protect themselves and their property if they are threatened. 


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