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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, August 28, 2013

We have discussed previously how Colorado's Moose herd seems to be bucking the trend of their brethren in the Midwest and New England, seemingly "ignoring" the potentially the "big three death agents that global warming, winter ticks and deer brain disease normally engender on Moose populations................. 2300 Moose occupy the State and biologists feel that favorable weather and habitat have thus far favored the Moose there

Moose Population

 Healthier Than Ever

 in Colorado

Unlike other Western states, Colorado's
 moose population is growing. It's healthier
 than ever with an estimated 2300 moose 
across the state. While other states are
 grappling with why their herds are shrinking,
 Colorado is studying the population's fast

 "Moose populations in Colorado are one 
of our success stories. Moose populations
 have been increasing pretty steadily in this
 state," says Brad Petch.

 helps manage moose in the northwestern
 part of the state. It's unclear whether moose 
are native to Colorado. Moose were first 
introduced in the 1970's. Since then, their 
growth has exceeded expectations.

"To some extent it's taken us a little bit by 
surprise, at least a couple of our more recent
 transplants have reached the objective we 
want to maintain much more quickly than 
we anticipated," he says.

Part of the reason moose are multiplying 
quickly is because of habitats in good 
condition and favorable weather. It's not
 the case in other parts of the country.
 population there dropped so steeply, moose
 hunting season was canceled this year. 

Climate change, disease, parasites and a 
changing habitat have been cited as possible
 reasons for the decline. Meanwhile, in the
 Rocky Mountain West, Montana and 
Wyoming have also seen shrinking
 numbers of moose.

One herd in southwestern Colorado has
 seen a lower rate of growth relative to the
 more northern herds. But, overall, Colorado
 is escaping the trend of declining moose.

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