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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, November 17, 2013

Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers gets a "standing ovation" for telling his GAME & PARKS COMMISSION that he will oppose every proposal that they bring to the Legislature as long as they allow the tiny recovering 60 Pumas in the state to be hunted................Are there any other Nebraskan's in the State House who have the cajones to stand with Ernie and put a stop to next years hunt?

Chambers vows to hold up 2014 session to squelch mountain lion hunting

Sen. Ernie Chambers fired a warning shot Friday to let the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission know he will oppose every proposal it brings to the Legislature as long as it allows mountain lions to be hunted.

Chambers told Roger Kuhn, parks division administrator, he had expressed his "displeasure, repugnance and disgust" to Game and Parks Director James Douglas over the establishment of a mountain lion hunting season. He had told him to take the message to the commission that he would strenuously oppose any proposal as long as the hunting season continues. 

Chambers said he was also "thoroughly outraged" by the auction conducted for a mountain lion hunting permit by the Nebraska Big Game Society. "I was told that fears led to the creation of a hunting season for these, what I consider to be regal animals," he said. "And these fears were engendered by the possibility or likelihood of these animals eating the grandchildren of Nebraskans." That notion is baseless, he said, because there is an inconsequential number of mountain lions in the state and those few "have better taste than that."

The Legislature in 2012 passed a bill (LB928) that allowed for mountain lion hunting. Sen. Leroy Louden of Ellsworth had introduced the bill in response to increased sightings of the animals in the state. Before the law was passed, mountain lions could be killed if they were threatening humans or livestock. At that time, the mountain lion population was estimated at fewer than 60 statewide.

The commission subsequently approved a hunting season for next year, on a trial basis, for a limited season in the Pine Ridge and a year-round season in the rest of the state with unlimited permits issued.

The Defender of the Downtrodden, as Chambers is known, will designate mountain lions as members of the downtrodden, he said.
"By fang and claw, somebody's going to pay in terms of the Legislature's time," he said. "And I don't mind being alone. In fact, that energizes me."

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