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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, September 12, 2013

Once again we are witness to the fact that even endangered and reduced populations of animals and birds(in this case a Timber Rattlesnake) would be able to expand their populations and range if we humans were more tolerant of their presence............In Illinois, Rattlesnakes are endangered and limited to the southern part of the state adjacent to the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.............A "prospector" somehow slithered into the central portion of the state(Carrollton)before being run down by a car...............Over and underpasses for wildlife at intervals along our roadways are the next step to successful rewilding in North America

Rattlesnake Found In Greene County

Rattlesnakes don't usually slither their way onto mainland Illinois but there seems to be a first for everything.  Chris Phillips says it's very rare but a four-foot long timber rattlesnake was found recently near Carrollton.   

Phillips is with the Natural History Survey Prairie Research Institute of the U of I Champaign.  He says the summer's dry weather may have forced a four-foot long timber rattler into unfamiliar territory.  Phillips says the population of the timber rattlesnake is on the decline.  They're typically found in the southern quarter of the state, closer to the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.  This rattler was apparently killed after being run over by a vehicle.

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