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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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Sunday, August 4, 2013

While President Obama stands by ignoring all wildlife issues, his USFW dept. is now looking to put management of Mexican Wolves in the hands of the Arizona and New Mexico Wildlife Officials who have done their best over the past ten years to throw every type obstacle in the path of reintroduction---basically bending over to rancher demands to limit expansion of the population, looking the other way with a "shovel and shut up" approach to illegal shootings,,,,,,,,,,,,and basically being obstructionists in any and every way that could be put into practice..................So now the USFW is calling for public comments on new ways to manage the 50 odd Wolves that exist there.....................Whenever you hear a call for public comments, you know that this Agency has already made up it's mind to divest itself of responsibility of the Wolves...................That is my "Star Trek red alert" intuition at play..................Think I am wrong about this????????????????????????

Mexican wolf's standing could change

Fish and Wildlife looking for public comment on changes to the Endangered Species Act

SILVER CITY  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking input from the public on two issues relating to the Mexican wolf under the Endangered Species Act.The Service is asking for comments and suggestions on two preliminary draft chapters of an Environmental Impact Statement examining the potential environmental impacts of a proposed rule to revise the existing nonessential experimental population designation of the Mexican wolf.

A 45-day public comment period begins on August 5, and will end on September 19.

Fisher and Wildlife has developed several potential alternatives to support progress toward our reintroduction objective of establishing a viable, self-sustaining population of Mexican wolves in the Mexican Wolf Experimental Population Area, and to more effectively manage Mexican wolves throughout Arizona and New Mexico. Fish and Wildlife has not yet determined what the preferred alternative will be, and thinks that there may be other reasonable alternatives that should be considered. Therefore, the agency wants and suggestions from all interested parties on a number of issues for consideration in preparation of the draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Fish and Wildlife comments on implementation of a management plan for Mexican wolves in areas of Arizona and New Mexico that are outside of the current Mexican Wolf

Experimental Population Area. Together, the proposed rule and the proposed management plan will make up the proposed action analysed in the Impact Statement.

Fisher and Wildlife will let the public know when the Statement is complete. At that time, the Service plans to open an additional comment period, and hold public hearings and informational sessions so that interested and affected people may comment.

For further information and to access the documents available for review, go to National Forest offices or or Search for FWS-R2-ES-2013-0098.

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