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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, October 16, 2013

A strong and independent minded Montana resident, Sheryl Kindschy posts an Op Ed piece on why Montana is dead wrong continuing to employ it's draconian wolf killing management plan-----Huge tourism $$ not coming into the state as non-hunters stay away to protest anachronistic killing of Lobos

Wolf killing has negative economic effect in Montan
Montana is in a quandary concerning the excessive wolf kills. It is now a national item and looked down on by the country.
The economic effects from wolf and wildlife viewing in Yellowstone is $35.5 million annually and in the state of Montana it is $410 million; those figures speak for themselves.
The majority of the population no longer hunt and hunters are only 6 percent.
Park administrators are complaining about the changes in the hunting regs for the park. Cities around the park are not happy as it is an economic effect. Valuable research is in jeopardy from the killing of collared wolves.
Before the wolves entered the park there were 19,000 elk and the ecology was in jeopardy. They reduced the herd to a population the land could sustain and the land rebounded to a balance. To the ecology scientists, it is the standard.

Hunters blame the wolves, but part of the decline has been due to drought and a low calf ratio.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks did an aggressive cow elk hunt until 2005. Doug Smith, the parks wolf biologist, said the elk are healthier and meaner. The wolves have shifted to buffalo while other predators are eating calves. The wolves are at the lowest count and the elk woes are not wolf-connected.
Wolves are a keystone species and they are the underwriters of a balanced ecology – balance for the park and the state.
The stewardship is not good and we can't say the state is good at conservation. It is not taking care of the wildlife viewing majority.
Once again the state has enacted inappropriate regs. Wolves are the draw for the economy and wildlife viewing is the economic driver; it is a year-round activity. It's time the majority should have a seat at the table.
Cheryl Kindschy,

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