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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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Monday, October 21, 2013

The "Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve" is my "neighbor" abutting Western Los Angeles and Eastern Ventura Counties......................Coyotes and Bobcats along with Black tail Deer and the occasional wandering Puma grace these 2600 acres.................It is my window into what was the Oak Savannah and Chaparral environment that once harbored the densest population of Grizzly Bears in the USA prior to the Bruins being exterminated after the 1850 Goldrush period in this part of the world..................Click on the picture below for a great video presentation on the region

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Located in western Los Angeles County and eastern
 Ventura County is over 2600 acres of oak-covered
rolling hills and an easy, well-maintained network
trails. Access to the park is at the Victory Trailhead
 at the western terminus of Victory Boulevard in West
Hills, at the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Trailhead at
 the northern end of Las Virgenes Canyon Road in
 Calabasas, and through trails headed east on the
National Park Service land at Chesebro Canyon.

For more information about parks and programs in
 the area:
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