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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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Saturday, September 14, 2013

What do all of you think of the apparent feline snapped on trailcam in Wisconsin in Fond du Lac County in July?????? Puma or Bobcat?

Cougar claims discounted
Despite some reports of alleged sightings, a wildlife biologist with the DNR’s Polymath Service Center says it’s pretty unlikely that a cougar is in the Eden area of Fond du Lac County. Dan Weidert says he was first contacted by a man on August 19th who said he saw a cougar cross his driveway and in his pasture. He gave Weidert the name of another man who had a trail camera photo from July.
Weidert says the photo is hard to judge, but based on other things in it including vegetation it’s too small to be a cougar.Weidert says he couldn’t find any tracks and there were no reports of livestock loss. The DNR does have a website with information on reporting large mammal observations including cougars. Weidert says if it is a cougar there’s not much to worry about because cougar or mountain lion attacks on humans are rare

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